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Good news from Kern County homeless count: 20 percent drop

Good news from Kern County homeless count: 20 percent drop »Play Video
Volunteers conduct a homeless census Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at the St. Vincent de Paul Center, 300 Baker St., in Bakersfield, Calif. (David Andrew Price/BakersfieldNow.com)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The annual homeless census in Kern County shows a 20 percent drop in homeless people.

The point-in-time count conducted Jan. 23 and 24 shows 1,158 homeless citizens, down from 1,439 in 2011.

The countywide counts of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people are required every two years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In exchange, Kern County homeless advocates have received between $3 million and $5 million annually to help fight homelessness.

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The large drop in the overall number of homeless people can be attributed in great part to additional resources available to the Kern County Homeless Collaborative during the last two years to house the homeless, according to the Homeless Collaborative and United Way of Kern County.