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Urban Ministry's Homeless Count Is Tonight

The Urban Ministry hit the streets at 6 this evening to count the number of homeless people in Charlotte. Ron Hood is one of the homeless residents who will be counted in the census. He says he sees a lot more teenagers than he used to, and believes that the census will show that. "Down when we're in line at the Urban Ministry, you see a lot of young kids down there. You see them all over the streets. You see them down at the transportation center," he said today on WFAE's Charlotte Talks program. Last year, there were an estimated 6500 homeless people in Charlotte, including 807 chronically homeless people. Chronically homeless people are those who have been homeless for a year or who have been homeless four times over the past three years. Those classified as simply homeless have lost their homes but have a temporary place to stay. Surveyors will search under bridges and head to camps, shelters, jails, and emergency rooms. They will also try to find out the number of homeless children attending CMS. The head of Urban Ministry, Dale Mullennix, expects the survey to show that Charlotte's homeless population has jumped by three percent.