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Volunteers Work To Count Orange County’s Homeless Population

Volunteers work to count Orange County’s homeless population

By Ben Brazil / Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot

Photo by Raul Roa / Los Angeles Times Daily Pilot

Originally published in Los Angeles Times.

In the early morning dark on Wednesday, dozens gathered inside the Magnolia Baptist Church in Anaheim to prepare for a biennial homeless count.

Dressed in green shirts, the volunteers split into groups of three and four and headed to the streets in search of Orange County’s homeless.

The Point In Time Count provides the county with updated numbers and demographics on the homeless population to help guide its response to the growing issue. The count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Results help determine how much money the county will receive from HUD to address homelessness.

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