Downtown hosting youth homeless event

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Updated: 1/30 1:25 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Volunteers are working around clock at this year's "Homeless Youth Point In Time Count" in downtown Reno. There is a tent at First and West Streets with supplies such as jackets, shoes, backpacks, even a warm meal.

This is the third year that two non-profit organizations have run this event. The goal is to see just how many young adults don't have a place to call home.

"This count is untraditional," said Monica DuPea, executive director of Nevada Youth Empowerment Project. "It's unlike anything that's done in Reno. It's a huge effort."

Volunteers ask those who are homeless to fill out a survey. This gives the state a better idea just how many people ages 18-24 are homeless. There aren't a lot of resources for young adults in that age bracket.

"No kid chooses to live in the streets," DuPea said. "They don't need your spare change, they need a chance."

The event will be going on until Friday at midnight.

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