DENVER (CBS4)– A display of holiday lights will do double duty this season, shining a light on the amount of homeless living in Denver. In January, the homeless count showed nearly 3,500 people living in and out of shelters.

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On Wednesday, crews put up holiday lights at Sonny Lawson Park along California Street and Park Avenue. There is one bulb for each person on the list.

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The City of Denver hopes to increase awareness for the upcoming homeless count in January 2019. That count helps organizations apply for housing and other benefits.

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“By the3 end of it, strung along together as holiday lights, that’s going to be the length of 25½ school buses,” said Denver’s Road Home Director Chris Conner.

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The lights will be on display through Jan. 28, 2019.

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