Annual count of homeless in St. Louis County set for this week

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Public Health & Human Services Dept. • 320 West Second Street, Suite 605 • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2096 •

Linnea Mirsch



January 23, 2019


Katherine Mueller, Damiano Center Development Director


Stacy Radosevich, Homeless Programs Planner


Annual count of homeless in St. Louis County to be conducted this week

Recent discussions about the need for emergency warming centers has brought a new level of awareness to the issue of homelessness in our region during these brutally cold winter months.

How many people are in this situation, as “unsheltered homeless”, is the focus of an annual count, which St. Louis County’s Public Health and Human Service Department is conducting tomorrow. The County is working with community service providers and agencies to complete a federally required Point in Time Homeless Count. The purpose is to identify people who are homeless and not staying in a shelter tonight, January 23, 2019.

An “unsheltered homeless” person, for this count, is defined as having a primary nighttime
residence that is a public or private place not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation meant for people. Examples include a car, park, abandoned building or storage unit, bus or train station, airport, campground or woods. Additionally, the count seeks to identify “doubled up” households – those that have taken in extra family or friends who have nowhere else to go. People living in this situation meet the state’s definition of homeless.

This annual survey is important because money and resources awarded to communities to
fight homelessness are based on documented counts of homeless persons and families. It also provides important documentation that is considered when planning for housing needs. There is a strong attempt to connect veterans who are homeless with services that can help find them find appropriate housing. 


St. Louis County will be collecting information on January 24 to find and document where homeless people spent the night of January 23. For citizens who have information or for people who are homeless and willing to complete a brief survey, county staff and other partners will be at the following locations on Thursday:



Government Services Center, 320 West 2nd Street, Central Client Area
Damiano Center, 206 West 4th Street 

LifeHouse-Drop in Center, 102 West 1st Street

St. Louis County Veteran's Services Office, 4815 Burning Tree Road, #100

Duluth Warming Center (if activated), 5830 Grand Avenue



AEOA, 702 3rd Avenue South

Bill's House shelter, 210 3rd Street North

St. Louis County Veteran’s Services Office, 307 1st Street South



Access North, 1309 E 40th Street

St. Louis County Veteran’s Services Office, 1814 14th Avenue East, #101



St. Louis County Veteran’s Services Office, 320 Miner's Drive East


Bois Forte:

13071 Nett Lake Road-Suite B

New Moon, 1224 White Pine Circle, Tower

People also can provide information by calling United Way 211, or Chum's Street Outreach at 218-461-8505.