BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - In an effort to determine how many individuals and families are homeless, a local homeless census will be held.
The census will help many agencies receive more funding, this morning.
The count for the census will begin at dawn and go on all day.
Volunteers will count those who reported to having slept in parks, alleys and abandoned buildings.
The local count is a snap shot over one 24-hour period and is required by the U.S. Department of Housing in order for local agencies to receive federal funding.
The county may receive up to four million in grants to help reduce the homeless population.
The 2011 homeless census showed a four percent drop in Bakersfield from 2009.