January 28, 2016 3:01 PM

The annual census of the Decatur-area's homeless population is being conducted in January. The census will help the Homeless Council Continuum of Care get better information about the homeless so agencies serving them can get a roof over more of their heads.

Mary Garrison, professor of social work at Millikin University, is the survey coordinator for the second consecutive year. Garrison noted the importance of getting names to help the continuum's new Chronic Homelessness Action Team and to learn what works and what doesn't work in getting the homeless off the street.

Millikin students Alex Tueth, a senior accounting major from Decatur, Ill., and Brock Trader, a senior information systems major from Riverton, Ill., have taken the lead in creating a database to analyze results of the census. 

The database was a project for a course taught by R.J. Podeschi, Millikin assistant professor of information systems in the Tabor School of Business.

Other Millikin students who are working on the project include Addie Smith, a senior human services major of Franklin Grove, Ill., and Kaylee Smith, a senior human services major of Macon, Ill.

Click here to read more about the project in an article from the Herald & Review.