way to give back and volunteer in your community - the Homeless Coalition needs your help. Next week - they need a couple hundred people to help get a count of the number of people who are homeless...in Duval, Nassau and Clay Counties Channel 4's Erica Rakow joins us LIVE from downtown - with more information on how you can get involved. 3 3 THIS HOMELESS COUNT IS SOMETHING THEY DO EVERY YEAR.. IT'S PURPOSE IS TWO-FOLD..IT'S REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN ORDER TO GET AN ACCURATE COUNT OF THE HOMELESS POPULATION BUT ALSO TO GET MORE INFORMATION FROM HOMELESS PEOPLE WILLING TO TALK.THE GOAL IS TO MOVE THE MOST VULNERABLE OFF THE STREETS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. 3 :00-:08:12-:22ACCORDING TO LAST YEAR'S COUNT.. NEARLY 3- THOUSAND PEOPLE ARE LIVING HOMELESS IN DUVAL, CLAY AND NASSAU COUNTIES. THE EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HOMELESS COALITION OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA IS PREPARING TO HEAD OUT FOR ANOTHER COUNT.GILMAN/CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE EMERGENCY SERVICES AND HOMELESS COALITION OF NORTHEAST FLORIDA :38 we've been doing this for over 10 years. It is our best way to track if we are moving the needle in the right direction. We not only just count the raw numbers but we also survey as many people that are willing to talk to us.GILMAN SAYS THE NEEDLE HAS BEEN MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION.. BUT SLOWLY. 2:06 our most significant drop has been in what we call chronically homeless individuals, people with a disability that have been on the street for a year or more that has been a real intense focus of our continuum for the past three-five years and we've seen a significant drop in that.THE COALITIONS BIGGEST CONCERNS RIGHT NOW ARE HOMELESS FAMILIES..SHE SAYS THAT NUMBER HAS REMAINED CONSISTENT FOR THE PAST THREE YEARS.. AND HOMELESS YOUTH IS THE BIGGEST UNMET NEED..GILMAN SAYS HOMELESS PEOPLE AGES 18-22 HAVE THE LEAST AMOUNT OF RESOURCES DEDICATED TO THEM. USING A SURVEY TOOL.. VOLUNTEERS WILL GO OUT NEXT WEEK TO TRY AND SEE IF ANYTHING HAS CHANGED.4:12 It asks questions that help us know how medically or vulnerable someone is, how likely they are to come to harm or death if they remain on the streets. The idea is to get the people who are most vulnerable into permanent housing the fastest, the quickest, it prioritizes people 4:43 THE COALITION NEEDS A COUPLE HUNDRED PEOPLE TO VOLUNTEER FOR THE COUNT. IN DUVAL COUNTY, YOU MEET DOWNTOWN AT 3:30 A-M NEXT WEDNESDAY AND GO WITH A SMALL GROUP TO YOUR ASSIGNED ZONE.IF YOU'RE INTERESTED, GO TO NEWS4JAX.COM AND CLICK ON THIS STORY TO FIND OUT HOW YOU CAN SIGN UP.