State Rep. Wendell Gilliard plans to meet today with local homeless advocates and others to discuss how to improve life for those on the Lowcountry’s streets and in its shelters.

Gilliard, D-Charleston, convened a similar group four years ago, amid fears the worsening economy would cause homeless numbers to soar.

Gilliard was unable to get the General Assembly to approve plans for a state census of the homeless, but he said the meetings have led to improvements in how homeless are treated by police.

The meeting is set for 2 p.m. in North Charleston City Hall.

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