SAN ANTONIO -

More than 300 volunteers braved the cold weather on Tuesday night to count the homeless across the city. It's called the annual Point-In-Time count.

Travis Pearson, president of the South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless, said this once a PIT count helps them get federal money to help those that need it the most.

"That way we can get services to those that are homeless," said Pearson. "They can get back on their feet, back into housing, get back employed, get them services for substance abuse, mental illness or whatever their needs might be."

Destiny Rierson, 19, was one of hundreds of homeless people taking a survey, getting supplies and getting counted Tuesday night.

"There's  people around the whole world that need help," said Rierson. "And, I'm one of them. I'm one of the ones that need help because now I'm pregnant with twins."

Tiffany Walker, a volunteer from Seton Home, said federal money is desperately needed in San Antonio where so many people are stuck out in the cold.

"It's heartbreaking to see the moms coming in with the little babies and they're hungry and they've been couch surfing or sleeping in parks or on the benches," said Walker.  So, it's a really dangerous situation. So, we just want to make sure all those young people are safe."

Pearson said that the cold weather Tuesday made this count a little more difficult to find people, but many of those people headed to Haven for Hope and other shelters to get out of the cold.

Directors at Haven for Hope said they expected about 550 more people in addition to the 800 they already serve.

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