PORTLAND, Maine — Maine social service workers are counting the number of homeless people in Portland.
About a dozen workers spent several hours Wednesday night walking the city’s streets for the annual “point-in-time survey” to count the homeless men and women in the city. Last year’s tally recorded 325 people without a home.
Most of the city’s homeless are surveyed at emergency shelters. But social service workers also search the city’s streets, parks and hidden nooks and crannies to survey people who avoid shelters and prefer to be on their own, even on cold winter nights.
The Portland Press Herald says the survey is done the last week of January in cities nationwide. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the data to help it allocate federal housing subsidies.