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Sacramento County Biennial Homeless Count Scheduled



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The homeless count will take place next Thursday night.  Ben Burton heads up Sacramento Steps Forward, a public-private group that helps run the effort.  He says they have about 350 volunteers so far - but are hoping for many more.

Burton: "You get to put a face that this is somebody's mother, somebody's cousin, somebody's son."

Burton says the count affects federal funding.  Sacramento County currently gets about 15 million dollars a year.  In 2011, volunteers found more than 2300 homeless people the night of the count.  Burton says he's not sure what to expect this time:

Burton:"We've seen the number going down for people who are chronically homeless, and going down for overall homelessness in our area.  We have a tough economy so we don't know if that's going to be the same this year."

Burton says the number of homeless families is up. He says with the recent cold temperatures, demand for shelter has also increased.

Volunteers must undergo a training session.  To sign up, visit http://www.handsonsacto.org/

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