January’s Point-In-Time canvas of the Madison County homeless population showed nearly 400 people experiencing homelessness. Homelessness takes on more forms than the stereotypical person living on the street. The results of this survey will be among the topics of discussion at an event today in Edwardsville.
David Harrison, the Continuum of Care Coordinator for Madison County Community Development, tells The Big Z volunteers counted 397 people, of which 162 were children.
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Harrison says there are many reasons for being homeless, including mental illness, unemployment or underemployment, domestic violence, personal illness, building conditions and bad credit. The Madison County Partnership to End Homelessness annual meeting will be held from 9am-noon today at the Edwardsville Moose Lodge, and the public is invited.