Every year, during the last ten days in January, a federally-mandated survey of the homeless population takes place across the country. It’s called the point in time count, and it’s a way to establish the number of homeless people in a given area on one night. Tippecanoe County officials do their count a little differently than most, though. The count also serves as their chance to make a connection.
It’s 5:30 a.m on January 25. It’s dark, and it’s cold, and Kurt Harker is searching for someone. But he’s got a plan for where to look next.