Survey to help identify number of homeless in Alachua county and provide resources

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    Nearly a 100 volunteers and social workers conducted a survey designed to gather data on how many people are currently experiencing homelessness.

    The survey started Wednesday in Alachua county and will continue from January 24 -25 in Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Putnam counties.

    Leaders from United Way said the goal of the survey is to use the data to help connect homeless people with resources to help get them back into housing.

    "What we're looking to do is find out if somebody is interested in housing and how we can get them connected to a case manager and get them the services and support they need,” CEO of United Way NCFL Mona Gil de Gibaja said.

    GRACE Marketplace, an emergency shelter and one-stop assistance center, was originally developed due to information received through the survey that showed a critical need for a centralized location for individuals to receive shelter and services including laundry facilities, telephones, storage and bathrooms.

    GRACE has now served over 5,000 homeless people since 2014.

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