Muller said it was more “streamlined” because they were focused on known homeless camps.
A group of 20 people went out from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and counted people on the streets and those living in shelters. The total number of homeless people, including those living in shelters, is not yet available. The state tabulates the shelter counts.
HUD recently announced homeless funding grants for this year and Butler County’s allotment of $550,519 was renewed.
Well-known homeless advocate Kathy Becker was one of those counting and she said the rules they were required to follow also impacted numbers.
“Oh my God if you’re in the lobby of a police department, on the paper we got if someone is in a police department lobby you can’t count them,” Becker said. “That’s not a homeless shelter. So the police are being empathetic and caring because it’s cold out. But the paper I was handed were the rules from HUD.”