Homeless count in South Dakota set for Jan. 22

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota housing officials say volunteers across the state will help count the number of homeless people later this month.

The Housing for the Homeless Consortium conducts the count annually. This year it's scheduled to take place Jan. 22.

The state is divided into six count areas with a coordinator in each who will work with agencies and volunteers. Administrators say the information is used to measure homelessness on a local, state and national level. The data helps communities and policy makers measure progress and identify strengths and gaps in services.