Homeless head count includes youth for the first time

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by Sharon Ko / KENS 5

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 11:28 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- More than a million children are homeless across America according to the U.S. Department of Education. However, the number of homeless kids in Bexar County is still unknown.

For the first time, advocates in the county are working to find out how many youth are living on the streets across the county. The South Alamo Regional Alliance for the Homeless is conducting the "Point in Time" count.

It's a national survey that's mostly focused on homeless adults and families. The census is now shifting its focus on the homeless under 18 years old this year.

Advocates tell KENS 5, many of the homeless youth do not want to be found because most of them have run away from abusive homes.

"This is a safe haven. No one's going to be here to pick you up. We want you to come and talk, so we can get your needs met," explained Dianne Talbert, director of operations.

The Church Under the Bridge is opening its doors Tuesday through Thursday, for homeless youth to come in and take a survey. The hours will be from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

The church is located on 724 Chestnut Street.

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