Butte County officials conduct homeless count

Jan 28, 2015 8:29 PM

Volunteers hit the streets today to survey the number of homeless people living in Butte County. The information is critical to ensuring the county gets the funding it needs to combat homelessness.

Every two years the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development requires the county to conduct a homeless census. In exchange for a small gift card volunteers and workers ask questions about work, housing and disabilites.

"It helps us stay in touch with who is really homeless in our community and what caused them to be homeless and what their needs are." says Coordinator Sherry Morgado.

The survey allows officials to analyze why people are on the streets. In 2013 there were more than 1500 homeless in Butte County, and to date nearly $2 million dollars has been awarded to local programs. After today the data will help local officials create long and short-term solutions to the problem on the streets.


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