In the early morning hours Friday, more than 900 volunteers and their trained team leaders will count every person they see outside overnight in the cold, wet winter weather as part of One Night Count, organized by the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness.
The count takes place from 2-5 a.m. Friday in parts of Redmond, Woodinville, Bothell, Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Shoreline, Kenmore, Kent, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, and White Center.
Over 8,830 people were known to be homeless in King County on this one night during the 2012 count, according to the coalition. On the Eastside, 138 people without shelter were counted on that night, many of whom appeared to be living in cars or trucks, the report said.
Although the waitlist to be a count volunteer on Friday is closed, you can still get involved by signing up for a free Homelessness Advocacy 101 Workshop on Feb. 9 in Bellevue or Seattle. Click here for more information.
This annual count happens throughout King County and the nation on the same night. It provides information to service providers; funders; and local, state and national government about the status of homelessness in our communities. This is the Eastside’s ninth year of participation in the count, according to the coalition.
Since 2006, partial funding for the One Night Count has been provided by the King County Committee to End Homelessness, the coalition of government, business and nonprofits responsible for implementing the community's Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
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