More than 200 homeless guides and 600 volunteers, along with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Alameda County Supervisor Wilma Chan, will participate in the county's homeless persons point-in-time count of unsheltered residents early Wednesday morning.
Volunteers and guides will congregate at Oakland City Hall's council chambers at 5 a.m. before heading out to locations across the county.
"Every single person counts," Schaaf said in a statement. "It's critical that we account for every individual experiencing homelessness."
The count is taken every two years and according to city officials, is required for federal funding.
"The point-in-time count is vitally important because it determines how much funding we will receive to provide the services, support and shelter for those who need it," Chan said in a statement.
The last count was taken in January 2017 and recorded 5,629 homeless persons and 3,863 without shelter.
For more information on the 2017 count, click here.