UCAN leads homeless count in Douglas County

Organizers said they asked for the person’s basic information and asked about their current living situations.

Posted: Jan 29, 2020 6:23 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The United Community Action Network held Douglas County’s annual Point in Time homeless count Wednesday.

Staff and volunteers spread out to 21 different locations around Douglas County to take count of the homeless people who showed up.

Organizers said they asked for the person’s basic information and asked about their current living situations.

In exchange, volunteers provided winter supplies, clothing, food and other necessities with the help of other homeless outreach organizations from Douglas County.

Larry Clark, who is the direct service advocate for UCAN, said the collected data will be sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Based on the results, Clark said they will receive funds that go into homeless resources and services in the community.

“It’s important to get an accurate count and get those resources to the homeless in our community,” said Clark.

According to an online report, Douglas County reported around 463 homeless people in 2017.

Clark said the number can fluctuate from year to year.

He says UCAN reported close to 300 homeless people in 2019.

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