Volunteers count homeless population in Clark County
An army of volunteers has been hard at work overnight in Las Vegas and surrounding areas to find out just how many people are living on the streets.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- An army of volunteers has been hard at work overnight in Las Vegas and surrounding areas to find out just how many people are living on the streets.
The homeless census is taking place throughout Clark County, from Mesquite to Laughlin and everywhere in between.
The volunteers do their count in the middle of the night because that is the best time to check places where people turn for shelter.
This is the sixth county-wide effort to conduct a person-by-person count of the homeless in Clark County.
The 2011 homeless census found an average of 9,400 people staying in shelters and on the streets at any given time.
The count is needed to obtain funding from the government to help those without a home. The count is done every two years. Southern Nevada received more than $13 million in grants during the past two years.