YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Homeless Network of Yakima County held their third annual "Project Homeless Connect" event today.
It brings homeless people together with community services. The event also provided medical screenings, haircuts, and hot food.
The network also conducted their "Point in Time" survey. It helps them better understand the needs of local homeless people every year. They say the economy has made it especially hard to find housing.
"The costs, the apartment costs have went up, making it less affordable for people to get into. Also, there's been a number of funding cuts for various programs," says Mike Murdock with the Homeless Network.
The previous year's survey showed a big increase in the number of homeless youth and senior citizens.
The network says this year's numbers will give them an idea if that's part of an ongoing trend.