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HOUSTON -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker and more than 100 volunteers canvassed downtown streets Tuesday in an effort to help get homeless people off the streets.

More than 120 volunteers are participating in Houston Registry Week, a weeklong campaign that jumpstarts the city s plan to get 2,500 homeless persons off the streets by 2016, the mayor s office said.

In Houston, we don t just dream, but we achieve, and Registry Week is the first step towards achieving the goal of virtually eliminating chronic homelessness in Houston, Parker said in a news release. I am proud that, as a community, we have come together to align our resources and develop a comprehensive, compassionate plan that puts a face and name to the problem of homelessness and saves the taxpayers money.

The mayor said in Houston, there are approximately 2,500 chronic and near-chronic homeless individuals, and that it costs an estimated $103 million in public resources per year.

Houston Registry Week is the first part of a plan to reduce chronic homelessness in Houston. It includes identifying and prioritizing the most vulnerable homeless individuals, placing them into permanent housing, and providing needed services and treatments.

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