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Volunteers search the city for the homeless

Natalie Harris Natalie Harris

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - At 4 a.m. with a wind chill of 5 degrees 200 volunteers ventured out to search the city for the homeless.

On Thursday the groups consisting of four volunteers walked the streets of Louisville armed with a map and flashlights.

In 2013, 65 people were counted sleeping on the streets. That number was expected to stay the same for 2014.

"We have heard people have been finding people even in this cold weather out on the street," Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Natalie Harris said.

The cold temperature actually helps their goal as more people turn to shelters.

"If everybody's in then we get a good count that way," one volunteer explained.

The Coalition for the Homeless has done gone to count the numbers of homeless for a decade. They've seen the number of chronically homeless drop by as much as 50 percent last year.

"We ultimately hate to see people living or dying on our streets," Harris said.

The tally will be released in the spring. The numbers are then used to figure out how much it's going to take to keep drive the statistics down.

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