Counties begin count of homeless

The homeless are being counted for the census in Mahoning County.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The push is on to help the area’s homeless, especially with the recent snow and cold

The campaign starts by figuring out how many in the Mahoning Valley need that help. Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana workers and volunteers are taking their annual census of their county’s homeless population.

The Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio says from 2010 to 2014 the homeless population has increased 29 percent.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development mandates census. The population includes un-sheltered homeless people, those in emergency shelters and transitional housing and safe havens.

According to the Trumbull County Housing Collaborative, the count is being conducted in order to figure out how much aid each county will need.

Columbiana and Mahoning will be done with their survey at sunrise Tuesday. In Trumbull County, volunteers will begin counting Tuesday night and will finish at sunrise on Wednesday.

The count is done overnight because that is when most homeless settle in for the night and are not on the move.

Mahoning County recently received $2 million of an $88 million federal grant for homeless services.

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