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Audio: Volunteers count local homeless population

Every two years during the last week of January, communities across the country try to answer a difficult question: How many people are living without permanent shelter?

This point in time survey is the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development's effort to determine the number of homeless people nationwide and understand more about their characteristics.

CU-CitizenAccess reporter Dan Petrella went along Thursday night on this year's count in Champaign-Urbana.

This story was produced in cooperation with Illinois Public Media.

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