Pasadena homeless count provides data for helpful services

The Pasadena Star-News' Lauren Gold accompanied volunteers organized by Fuller Seminary's Office for Urban Initiatives as they hit the streets of Pasadena for the annual Pasadena Homeless count. The count is part of the city's 10-year plan to end homelessness.

Gold reported:

Joe Coletti, executive director of the Institute for Urban Initiatives, said a 27  percent decrease in homelessness is better than the national trend, and he hopes to see that number drop another 23  percent by the end of 2015.

"The planning that went into the document has clearly contributed to a decrease in homelessness," Coletti said. "Each year, we have become more intentional about implementing the best practices that are noted in the plan."

Fuller's Office for Urban Initiatives, headed by Dr. Joe Coletti, coordinated nearly 100 volunteers, most of whom were Fuller students. Third-year Fuller student Stephanie Obad and first-year student Marc Kennedy were also quoted in the article.

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