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Homeless counters hit nation's streets for cold, hard numbers

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Volunteers stream into the Seattle Central headquarters of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness' annual homeless count on Jan. 26, 2007. More than 700 volunteers participated in a count that found 2,140 people with housing or shelter that night. (Jake Warga/Courtesy of SKCCH)

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A team of volunteers led by Rich Gamble, center, prepares to search a park in downtown Seattle in the early hours of the morning during the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness' annual homeless count on Jan. 26, 2007. (Jake Warga/Courtesy of SKCCH)

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Volunteer badges are ready to be picked up at the Seattle Central headquarters of the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness' annual homeless count on Jan. 26, 2007. (Jake Warga/Courtesy of SKCCH)

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A volunteer consults an area map of a Seattle neighborhood in the early hours of the morning during the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness' annual homeless count on Jan. 26, 2007. (Jake Warga/Courtesy of SKCCH)

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It's homeless count season, and thousands of volunteers are taking to the streets to tally the homeless and help communities qualify for federal funding.


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