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Groups come together to count Anchorage’s homeless population

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How many homeless people do you think live in Anchorage? A group is trying to find out the answer — and they’re asking for help.


The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness is looking for at least 100 people to volunteer for the annual homeless count. People from the Forget-Me-Not project and We Are Anchorage walked around downtown getting the word out.


They say knowing how many homeless people live in Anchorage is an important way to get government resources.


“We’re calling people to come out to help us get a head count of the homeless so that way we can kind of work towards getting an official headcount that affects policy and gets assistance for the homeless,” explained Neisha Jones, with We Are Anchorage.


This will mark the 14th year the city has participated in the nationwide effort. Last year, they counted about 700 people living in shelters, with friends or on the street.


Training for the count is on Monday, Jan. 18. The count itself will be on Jan. 27 and 28.


The post Groups come together to count Anchorage’s homeless population appeared first on KTVA 11.



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