( Las Vegas, NV ) – With millions of dollars worth of federal grant money on the line, hundreds of volunteers have been out all night throughout Las Vegas, trying to take a head-count of the homeless in our valley.
Starting at 1am Wednesday, teams of volunteers split up with flashlights in hand, looking in parks, under bridges – anywhere they think there might be someone living on the street.
Tyrone Thompson of the Regional Planning Coalition tells KXNT that even includes venturing into the underground tunnels of our community – with a little help from Metro police.
In the most recent count, it was estimated that there are 73-hundred homeless in a shelter or on the streets on a given night. An accurate count helps determines how much grant and assistance money comes here to fund homeless programs.
In the past two years that amounted to $13-million. Volunteers will be doing the count all over again early Thursday morning – in the rural areas of the county.
No word on when the final number from the count will be in.