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3:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Coalition to Conduct Count of Louisville's Homeless Population

Louisville’s Coalition for the Homeless will conduct its annual point-in-time count of the city’s homeless population Thursday morning. 

In addition to counting residents of Louisville’s homeless shelters, some 200 volunteers will break into teams to survey homeless people living on the streets and in camps.

Coalition executive director Natalie Harris says the recent bitterly cold weather has forced more people into shelters, but many others seek warmth in 24-hour restaurants and other sites.

"A lot of people will hang out in like the emergency room waiting room and other places. So we look for those places as well, places that people might go that are afraid that it’s so cold to sleep outside," Harris said. 

Harris says the annual census is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development but the coalition also uses the numbers to help assess its various programs.

She says there are more than 1,500 homeless people in Louisville on any given night.