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Point in Time Count examines homelessness in Gloucester

Volunteers with several local organizations participated in the 2016 Point in Time Count over a three-day period in January and were able to identify 14 homeless adults living in Gloucester at that time.

Of the homeless people counted, two were one-year-old babies—a boy and girl—while there were 10 female adults and four male adults, said Bill Fulton of the Gloucester Samaritan Group. Those counted represented 13 households—two families and 11 single adults, he said, adding that, of the 11 single adults, six were identified as domestic violence victims, four had addiction problems with drugs or alcohol, and four said they were mentally ill.

Volunteers gave the people food cards from Hardee’s, McDonald’s and Dollar Tree, each valued at $5, for a total of $200, and one backpack from last year was given out.

Fulton said that the actual number of homeless people in Gloucester is higher than what was counted. People who don’t have their own home but ar...

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