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Reaching out, counting Harford's homeless [Letter]


On behalf of the Harford Roundtable partners and the Continuum of Care, we would like to thank all of our churches, organizations and citizens for their generous donations in support of the annual Point-in-Time Homeless Count, an evening outreach conducted this year on Jan. 29.

During this year's outreach, donated hats, gloves, coats, blankets, personal care items, food and bus vouchers were distributed to the homeless encountered, and the remaining donations were shared with community shelter providers. Alliance, Inc., Anna's House, Homecoming Project and Harford Family House, Inc. We would like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to assist our office in conducting the count, as well as our local law enforcement officer escorts from the Harford County Sheriff's Office, the Havre de Grace Police Department, the Aberdeen Police Department and the Bel Air Police Department.

Preliminary results from the Point-in-Time Homeless Count demonstrate a total of 223 homeless persons in Harford County. A breakdown of the numbers being served reveals that 106 adults and 87 children were sheltered and receiving comprehensive support services on the night of the count. Twenty four single adults were temporarily placed in motels through DSS and the Office on Mental Health due to an expanded Freezing Weather Policy, triggered by extreme weather conditions. Six single adults were found living outside by our street outreach teams. Detailed demographics have been compiled from the data collected in our homeless database and from the voluntary survey tool used during the 24-hour outreach. These demographics can be viewed on Harford County's website at

This countywide event allows our community to secure the federal, state, and local funding necessary to serve our most vulnerable population and may assist in gaining expansion grants. The data collected during the annual homeless count also allows our community to strategically plan for the future needs of its citizens.

We deeply appreciate your time, participation and support of this critical process.

Elizabeth S. Hendrix


Harford County Department of Community Services

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