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NEWS BRIEFS Homeless people gather on Central Avenue in Sarasota in early 2013. Photo by Norman Schimmel ANNUAL HOMELESS CENSUS TO BE UNDERTAKEN IN COUNTIES The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, working in tandem with its partners and volunteers, will be conducting the Annual Homeless Census on the night of Monday, Jan. 27, the nonprofit organization has announced. Known as a "Point-in-Time" count, this national survey focuses on who is homeless during a single night in January, and "it captures substantially more demographic information" than the survey done in the fall for homelessness consultant Dr. Robert Marbut, who was hired by the City and County of Sarasota, a news release points out. "The results of this survey are critical to targeted planning to meet the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness," the release explains. "This required survey qualifies the region for nearly $800,000 in federal funding through the Department of Housing and Urban Development." The programs benefiting in this current funding cycle are Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice's Our Mother's House and Casa San Jose programs, the Salvation Army of Sarasota's F.A.I.T.H. program, Harvest Tabernacle and Renaissance Manor/CASL, the release notes. "In addition, smaller federal grants support planning and the continued improvement of the data and case management software that providers need to coordinate services," the release says. Volunteers are still needed to assist both during and after the count, the release continues. Anyone interested in volunteering in Sarasota County may contact the Volunteer Community Connections office at or by calling 953-5965.

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