A one-day count revealed 166 homeless people in Harford County, officials said Wednesday.
Of those 166 without homes, 98 are adults and 68 are children, according to a news release from Harford County. The count includes a three percent margin of error, the release stated, "due to the transient nature of homelessness."
By holding the count, the county is now eligible for federal and state funding.
The initiative, led by Harford County government, law enforcement & community volunteers, was held on Jan. 24. The count culminated with the distribution of clothing, food, care items and bus vouchers.
Harford County has 13 shelters with a total of 304 beds, according to the statement.
In fiscal year 2012, Harford County provided beds for 997 people for a total of 63,261 nights—an average stay of 37 nights per person, the release said.
The release said Harford County Department of Community Services provided more than $1 million in funding in 2012 to local organizations that provide assistance to homeless. Those organizations include "Alliance, Inc., Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United, Inc. (FCCAU), Associated Catholic Charities Inc./Anna’s House, the Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center (SARC), Homecoming Project, Inc., and Harford Family House, Inc.," the release stated.
More information about homeless services in Harford County is available here.