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Homeless count underway in Lane County

The volunteers will seek known spots where homeless gather, as well as streets, under bridges, parks and other areas where humans are not meant to live.

Posted: Jan 30, 2020 7:27 AM
Updated: Jan 30, 2020 5:33 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Lane County leaders will soon have a better picture of homelessness in the area following the annual Point in Time homeless count this week.

Starting at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, volunteers will fan out across Lane County and ask those without shelter: "Where did you stay last night?" The goal is to get a specific number of people who are without adequate shelter. The data is then used by planning boards, policy makers and other agencies to address poverty and homelessness. 

The volunteers will seek known spots where homeless gather, as well as streets, under bridges, parks and other areas where humans are not meant to live. 

In the 2019 count, hundreds of volunteers counted 2,165 people in Lane County. Some of those people were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing, but most were not. The report states 1,633 were found unsheltered. Another 411 people were staying in alertnative shelters like Dusk to Dawn or camping in cars, but that's not considered shelter by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Volunteers will complete Thursday's count at 7 p.m. The count is largely conducted during daylight hours to better locate those without shelter. 

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