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Countywide Homeless Count Under Way Today

Similar counts in the past few years have indicated a small but steady decline in the number of homeless persons in Alameda County.

Bay City News Service—Volunteers in Alameda County are conducting a count of the local homeless population today.

EveryOne Counts! 2013 is designed to provide an estimate of how many people are living without shelter or in emergency or transitional housing in the county.

The county is required to conduct a tally of its homeless population every two years in order to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for homeless programs, county officials said. The count must be conducted during the last 10 days of January.

The most recent homeless count and survey in 2011 tallied 4,178 homeless people. In 2009, 4,341 homeless were counted. Two years earlier, 4,838 homeless people were tallied, indicating a steady decrease in the homeless population in recent years, according to the county.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Berkeley Councilman Jesse Arreguin, Alameda County Board of Supervisors president Keith Carson, and Ophelia Basgal, regional HUD administrator, will hold a news conference this afternoon to discuss the count.

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Dover February 01, 2013 at 07:34 PM
The Bulb: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albany_Bulb
Mark Irons February 01, 2013 at 09:01 PM
great documentary about previous Bulb denizens and eviction process: http://www.bumsparadise.com/
Mark Irons February 01, 2013 at 09:09 PM
also: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6V50CVAuqAA
Amber Whitson February 11, 2013 at 02:55 AM
Funny thing... I have been doing community organizing out here, on the Bulb, for about half a year now... And, although after the last "homeless census" I heard from a few of my fellow Bulb residents, that they had participated.... This year, I didn't even know it had happened already. Seems they skipped us this time around...
Amber Whitson February 11, 2013 at 05:08 AM
And, please, don't associate the current population of the Bulb with that piece of "art" (in video form) that was created so very long ago... We are a *VERY* different crowd around here, more than 10 years after that piece was made. :-)

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