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Annual count of homeless this Thursday

The ninth annual Point In Time survey, which counts the number of homeless, will take place Thursday, Jan. 31, throughout Yakima County.

Last year the survey found 996 people living in Yakima County without permanent or adequate shelter.

On Jan. 31, more than 200 volunteers staged at four different locations will spread out across the county to conduct the survey.

The survey is anonymous, but records some detailed information such as age, gender, ethnicity of household members, current homeless status, duration of homelessness and factors contributing to the homelessness of participants, such as disabilities, income status, education and need for services.

Results of the survey are used by local service providers to determine what services are needed to help people regain their independence and become self-sufficient.

In addition to the survey, the Project Homeless Connect service fair, designed to help connect people who are homeless with currently available services, will be hosted at Oasis Community Church in Sunnyside and the Yakima Convention Center.

The Homeless Network of Yakima County is the lead organization conducting the survey and encourages people who are homeless, or know someone who is homeless, to call 211 for more information about the nearest event.

Community members who would like to volunteer or make a donation should contact Yakima County Department of Human Services at 509-574-1520.

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