Organizers aim for more accurate Coos, Curry homeless count

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- Organizers of the Coos and Curry County Homeless Count are looking for volunteers.

The count includes those in shelters, illegal camps and on the street and helps determine the level of federal funding each county gets for homeless programs.

Last year, local service agencies and programs said numbers in Coos County were much higher than the State's homeless count results.

This time, they are looking for more accurate results.

"Instead of collecting on just one day, we're collecting data three separate days depending on the community," said Maggie Sackrider with Oregon Coast Community Action. "We're also engaging the community, the community partners, as well as the homeless folks themselves. We're asking folks to come down to our stations but we're also going to try to meet folks where they are too."

The first day of the homeless count is January 30.

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