Among the 30 homeless adults counted in Aberdeen this week were five children who were not counted.
Organizers were allowed to count only people 18 and older, said Liana Claymore of the Homeless Coalition of Aberdeen.
Of the 30, 12 were traditionally homeless, Claymore said. One was living in a vehicle, and one was living in a camper with no running water or heat, she said. The rest were staying in hotels, she said, but only because they were able to get a voucher from an organization such as The Salvation Army. There is no other emergency shelter available in Aberdeen, she said.
The other 18, including all five children, were doubled up, Claymore said. That means they would be homeless without the help of friends or family.
These numbers will go to the South Dakota Housing Development Authority in Pierre, which will compile statewide numbers, she said.
Aberdeen's count was part of Tuesday's statewide South Dakota Homeless Count, conducted by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium. The local homeless coalition - which consists of organizations including Aberdeen Housing Authority, the state Department of Labor, Lutheran Social Services, The Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, Safe Harbor and Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ - coordinated the Aberdeen count.
Claymore said organizers know they didn't get every homeless person in Aberdeen for reasons, including that some people are too embarrassed to tell others they are homeless. Also, she said, organizers fielded calls Wednesday from three families with children, but they could not be counted because they did not come forward during the state-designated 24-hour period.
"There are more out there," she said.
Claymore said the coalition meets the first Thursday of the month and plans to meet Oct. 6 to start preparing for next year. For details, call Pat Moore, 605-940-9852.