One Night Count on Friday finds 83 living homeless in Renton
By DEAN RADFORD
Renton Reporter Editor
January 25, 2013 · 3:20 PM
Eighty-three homeless people were counted in Renton early Friday morning in the annual One Night Count of the people living without shelter in King County.
Last year volunteers in Renton counted 73 homeless individuals.
Renton's count included 22 men, two women and 59 of unknown gender. About half were found living in their cars or trucks. No children under 18 were counted.
Countywide this year, about 800 volunteers found 2,736 men, women and children living without shelter during the three hours of the count from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.
Renton's count was greater than Kent's, 53, and Auburn's, 57, but less than Federal Way's, 118. The most were counted in Seattle, 1,989. The homeless also were counted in the north end, on the Eastside, White Center and on night-owl buses.
This year's countywide number is a 5 percent increase over last year's 2,594, according to Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness, which organizes the count.
"This number is always assumed to be an undercount, because we do not count everywhere, and because many people take great care not to be visible," according to the organization.
The volunteers counted people in cars or tents, riding late-night buses or living under bridges or in doorways or in buildings.
Counted separately were those living in homeless shelters.Contact Renton Reporter Editor Dean Radford at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-425-255-3484 (ext 5050).