"Point-in-Time" counts have been conducted across the country since 2005. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires a count of all sheltered people in the last week of January, in order to identify the need in each community for federal funds to help combat homelessness.
Currently, the state of Wyoming receives $292,329 in funding, but last year 553,742 people in the Cowboy State experienced homelessness. That's an increase from 2016, a continuing trend that has seen homelessness in Wyoming jump by over 50% in the past seven years.
On January 26, the Council of Community Services will be conducting their PIT count at an event called "A Day of Hope." A free lunch at the Rockpile Community Center will be provided to those who need it from 12:00 - 1:00, and anyone who would like to set up a booth to offer services to those experiencing homelessness can do so by contacting the Council.
You can check out their event page on Facebook for more information.
Brenda Kirk is a writer with over two decades of journalism experience.