Later this week, volunteers will spend the early morning hours across the Las Vegas Valley to count how many homeless people are on the streets.
Since 2005, the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Commission has been making a homeless count every other year to help qualify for federal assistance. In 2009, volunteers reported more than 13-thousand people were homeless in Clark County, and officials expect that number to grow this year, due to the recession and high unemployment. Especially hard-hit are youths who have no home. The Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth says the number of young people visiting its drop-in center increased last year. The census kicks off early Thursday morning, and nearly 300 formerly homeless people will be paid to help volunteers in the count. If you’d like to volunteer for the count, call 892-2300.