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File photo of Las Vegas' homeless. (photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of Las Vegas’ homeless. (photo: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Clark County has put out the call for volunteers in an annual census of the homeless that will take place at the end of the month.

Interested individuals or groups can register at http://bit.ly/2014HomelessCensus.

Organizers can be contacted by email at helphopehome@clarkcountynv.gov.

Organizers can be reached by phone at (702) 455-5832.

The Southern Nevada Homeless Census is important in that the count indicates a need for programs to address homelessness and grant money that comes to the county for those efforts.

There will be a training session for volunteers on January 23rd. The homeless count takes place over a period of 5 hours on Wednesday January 29th.

According to a news release from Clark County, “The homeless census shows us where we stand in our effort to eliminate homelessness in our community, and makes us eligible for grants that support housing programs, job training and other regional programs,” said Regional Initiatives Coordinator Tyrone Thompson.

“But we need help covering the large areas we have here in Clark County. Fortunately, we have received tremendous support from our community in the past, and we are once again calling for volunteers to help us count the homeless.”

 
Once signed up, volunteers will be assigned to teams and deployment centers. For the urban count, the teams will count the homeless population in designated areas without interacting with or disturbing the homeless at that early hour. Volunteers participating in the rural count will be required to conduct brief interviews with the homeless.
 
The urban count deployment centers will be:
      
  • Walnut Recreation Center (Northeast), 3075 N. Walnut Road (south of Cheyenne Avenue)
  • Catholic Charities (Downtown Area), 1501 Las Vegas Boulevard North (at Foremaster Lane)
  • Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital (West), 1650 Community College Drive (north of Oakey Boulevard)
  • Cambridge Recreation Center (Central), 3930 Cambridge Street (north of East Flamingo Road)
  • HopeLink (Henderson), 178 Westminster Way in Henderson (at Center Street)
           
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