Homeless count to help determine federal funding underway in bay area

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Volunteers helped count the homeless Wednesday in Coos Bay, North Bend and Charleston.

It's part of the Homeless Point in Time that happens each year.

This year the count is being done over a three-day period instead of all in one day.

The count includes those in shelters, illegal camps and on the street.

Several locations have been set up around the bay area with volunteers collecting information.

The numbers are used to help determine the level of federal funding a county gets for homeless programs.

"I really believe it's important so that we have a better idea of how many people we have in the area so that we can find resources to help them and get the funding that we need," said volunteer Tiffany Conway.

More than 70 volunteers signed up to help with the count.

Counts for Myrtle Point and Powers were scheduled for Thursday.

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