HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Social services providers across Connecticut are gearing up for an annual count of the state’s homeless population.

The “point in time” count takes place Wednesday night. Participants will fan out to shelters, transitional housing and areas where homeless people might be staying in vehicles or wooded areas.

The estimates help support grant applications for programs to reduce homelessness and to help state and nonprofit agencies plan services for those people.

Wednesday night’s count is being organized by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

Its executive director, Carol Walter, says they are particularly concerned about the high number of homeless young children sleeping in shelters and transitional housing programs.

She says they’re hopeful that programs that offer rental assistance, eviction prevention and other housing help can help reverse the trend.

     (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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