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San Diego Homeless Count Work Continues

Evening Edition

Above: Dolores Diaz, the executive director of the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and Mathew Packard with the San Diego Housing Commission, talk to KPBS about the annual homeless census.

Aired 1/28/13 on KPBS Midday Edition.

Dolores Diaz, Executive Director, San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless

Mathew Packard, San Diego Housing Commission

Erik Anderson, KPBS Reporter

Transcript

Hundreds of volunteers fanned out across San Diego County to survey the homeless population last Friday, but a lot of work still needs to be done to complete the annual survey.

The annual one-day count of the homeless in San Diego County took place on Friday. But a lot of work lies ahead before the survey is complete. This week, volunteers will be focused on interviewing people living on the streets to get a better understanding of those who are homeless in the community.

The "We All Count" census is organized by San Diego's Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Preliminary figures of this year's count won't be released for another month. But the results are critical for local agencies to secure state and federal grant money.

A separate annual event involving the homeless in San Diego is also happening this week. The 7th Annual San Diego Project Homeless Connect will be held at Golden Hall Wednesday.

Organizers say they still need volunteers.

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