Coos County holding annual count of homeless

COOS COUNTY, Ore. -- You could call it a census for the homeless.

Non-profit groups across the country, including two in Coos County, will attempt a head count of the local homeless population.

Oregon Coast Community Action and Neighbors Who Care are teaming up to count Coos and part of Curry County's homeless population on Thursday.

Volunteers will look under bridges, in wooded areas and in back alleys to make sure everyone is counted in the government required survey. Amanda D'Souxa from OCCA, says the count helps to determine funding for the counties. "The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires all communities to take part in the annual homeless count," she said. "For them to be able to allocate their funds in an accurate way, they need to know what kind of homeless population they're looking at."

Officials say the number of homeless people on the south coast is expected to be the same as last year since the local economy has not recovered as quickly as other parts of the country.