Statewide effort to count homeless begins Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - With temperatures hovering on either side of zero a state-wide effort is underway Wednesday morning to provide more help for Kentucky's homeless.

Volunteers began canvassing the state at midnight Wednesday to begin the project known as K-count, to count the state's homeless in an effort to measure the amount of funding that's needed.

Volunteers and homeless shelter officials all over the state take part in the yearly census. Last year about 50 people in Lexington were found living under over-passes and in crude campsites. About 14,000 others were found in the city's shelters.

The Kentucky Housing Corporation says the census results are used to get funding from the Federal government. The count also helps track the progress of Kentucky's ten year plan to end homelessness.

Coordinators tell us 2014 is one of the years they get numbers electronically from shelters.

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