first_imgo The Washington State Legislature passed the Homeless Housing and Assistance Act (ESSHB 2163) in the spring of 2005, directing local governments to develop 10-year homeless plans “which shall be aimed at eliminating homelessness, with a minimum goal of 50 percent by July 1, 2015.”A group of people often on the fringes of the community will come into a little clearer focus Thursday through a daylong effort to tally and to assist Clark County’s homeless.The last Thursday in January marks the annual “Point in Time” survey, which seeks to measure the county’s homeless population.Later Thursday, community organizations and agencies will offer a chance for homeless people to get some assistance — immediate aid as well as long-term help — in the Project Homeless Connect event.“In the morning, from 6 to 10 a.m., street outreach teams will be scouring the community, seeking people who spent the night without a roof over their heads,” said Craig Lyons, executive director of the local Council for the Homeless. “They know where to go. They work with the homeless population every day.”And the dozen or so teams won’t just be looking around downtown Vancouver.“There are other zones around the community, including Battle Ground, Camas-Washougal and east county,” Lyons said.After last year’s survey, the county’s homeless population was tabbed at 1,093. It usually takes a couple of weeks to tabulate the numbers of local homeless people, Lyons said, although he noted that about 60 percent are people with children.last_img read more

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