SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Organizations that help the homeless in South Dakota's largest city are teaming up to improve service.

The Argus Leader reports that six Sioux Falls organizations are launching a pilot program to track each person who depends on their services. The Sioux Empire Network of Care will bring together local providers of food, clothes, shelter and financial assistance.

The new database is designed to improve care by cutting down on duplication of services and preventing people from falling through the cracks.

Homeless advocates say it also might help reveal the full scope of Sioux Falls' homelessness problem, since the organizations currently don't know if they're serving the same people.

The effort is funded by a $200,000 grant from the Bush Foundation. It's scheduled to begin next month.

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