Volunteers needed to help count homeless population for 2019 census

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Organizers are looking for volunteers to help count homeless people for the 2019 Point In Time Count with The Kern County Homeless Collaborative.

Every year, the group sets out to count the homeless population in Kern County so advocates can better address the housing problem. Teams of three or four cover all of Kern County, to count and survey homeless who sleep outdoors, in parks, alleys, by the river, under bridges, or in places not meant for human habitation, such as cars, abandoned buildings, garages or other structures without electricity or running water, according to advocates.

The information is used to identify trends among the homeless and helps organizers understand how things like drug use or health issues play a factor.

The PIT Count is set to take place on Jan. 30, 2019. To participate, volunteers should log on to: www.EndKernHomeless.org  to complete the short volunteer profile (select “Volunteer” under Give/Participate). The deadline to sign up is Jan. 10.

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