GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Volunteers spent time Wednesday night all over Kent County, trying to get an accurate count of the number of people sleeping on the streets.
It's part of an effort happening all over the country.
The Grand Rapids Coalition to End Homelessness is also handing out hand-warmers and food bars.
Having an accurate count helps them get people in need into permanent housing, said the coalition's Jim Talen, who is also a Kent County Commissioner.
"We want shelter stays to be temporary, and we want to be able to get people into permanent housing," Talen said. "There's just tons of evidence that if you get people into housing, and then provide support services, those services are so much more effective."
Volunteers were out Wednesday until midnight and plan to go out again Thursday morning from 6 a.m. until 9 a.m.