There are hundreds of people who are considered homeless in Madison County.  Many have the option of sleeping on a friend or relative's couch, but many more wind up unsheltered - sleeping outside on the street, in a car or abandoned building.  On January 30, the Madison County Continuum of Care will conduct two events to help combat homelessness in the county.

Beginning at 10am next Wednesday, homeless men and women can come to the Alton Salvation Army on Alby Street to participate in the distribution of food, beverages and clothing.  Participating agencies will also provide medical exams, and legal services.  David Harrison, Continuum of Care Coordinator for Madison County, says these services are coordinated in a centralized location with the ultimate goal of housing and self-sufficiency.

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There will also be a head count performed over a 24-hour period to get accurate numbers on how many people are unsheltered.  First launched on a nationwide basis in October 2004 in San Francisco, Project Homeless Connect links homeless people to services that may include medical treatment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, legal services, employment assistance, and other social services. #homelessconnect

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