Tri-Cities homeless count - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Tri-Cities homeless count

Posted: Updated:

KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Volunteers spent all day Thursday working to find out where the homeless live in our community for the local homeless count.

Volunteers use a questionnaire that asks questions like, "Where did you stay last night?" and, "What caused your homelessness?" They were camped out at various locations in the Tri-Cities. After people answered the questions, they could pick one gift such as a hat or a toothbrush.

"There was one young man that was kicked out of his house by his parents. That was a very sad story, lots of sad stories. It can really tare your heart out," says Darlene Elkins, volunteer.

Elkins says most of the people she has seen are not living on the streets but live with friends also known as couch surfing. Last year about 433 homeless participated in the count but volunteers believe there are more.