Annual Spokane homeless census begins Thursday

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane’s annual census of homeless people in the area will begin Thursday night.

The Point-in-Time Count is an annual survey to record how many people experience homelessness in the Spokane community and the circumstances surrounding each situation. Volunteers go out on one night each January to complete the census.

During this year’s count, volunteers will distribute care bags full of water bottles, hats, scarves, gloves, hand warmers, granola bars and hygiene supplies.

Every community needs to complete this census to get funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Here’s a look at the past results from the Point-in-Time count.