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Homeless count happening in October

Kamloops’ annual homeless count will take place on Oct. 18 and Oct. 19 — and, this year, it will be done a bit differently.

The protocol to be used will be based on the one the province uses to try to standardize counts throughout B.C., said Homelessness Action Plan co-ordinator Tangie Genshorek.

That means a count in shelters one night and a count at other locations the following day, followed by a

comprehensive report

to the three levels of government and the public.

The last time a full report after the count was completed was in 2005, she said.

Last year’s count found only 45 homeless people in the city, a number ASK Wellness Centre executive director Bob Hughes called remarkably low.

Previous counts had put the number closer to 100.

Genshorek said the count has also brought in new partners, including the Kamloops Alliance Church, Kamloops Community Safety, the Tk’emlups Indian Band and the United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo.

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