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Annual Homeless Count Set for Oklahoma City (Jan 27, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma City's annual "point in time" homeless count is set to start.

The city's Homeless Alliance, the Coalition for the Needy and city government will coordinate volunteer teams to count the homeless on Thursday at shelters, hot meal program sites and encampments across the city.

Cities that receive federal funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development are required to conduct an annual homeless count. Local homeless officials say data from the survey helps them to understand not only how many homeless people there are in the city, but what types of services they access.

Last year's survey found 1,081 "countable" homeless people in Oklahoma City, although it's estimated that a community's number of homeless is about four to five times higher than its one-day survey count.



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