Chicago begins 2021 homeless count to better allocate resources for housing, services

CHICAGO (WLS) -- An effort is underway to determine how many people are homeless in Chicago.

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Chicago's Department of Family and Support Services began its annual point-in-time assessment Wednesday morning.

Data from the count is used to help determine areas of needs and to allocate resources for housing and services.

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In 2020, the city found more than 5,000 people living on the streets or in shelters. That is a 2% increase from the previous year.
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