Volunteers to count homeless in county

Volunteers with a regional task force will fan out across San Diego County Jan. 23 to count the homeless, it was reported Wednesday.

A national report released Tuesday showed the number of people living on San Diego County streets decreased 26 percent from 2005 to 2007, but local charities saw significant increases last year, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

In recent years, St. Vincent de Paul, San Diego’s largest homeless assistance agency, helped an average of 2,200 people a day with food, shelter and other services. Since October, the daily average has jumped to 3,400, according to the newspaper.

A countywide count taken by volunteers one day last year showed San Diego County had 7,582 homeless people, excluding about 1,000 farm workers and day laborers, the Union-Tribune reported. The figure is 3 percent more than what was reported in the National Alliance to End Homelessness report released Tuesday.