YAKIMA, Wash. — Volunteers are being sought for the annual count of homeless residents in Yakima County.

The ninth annual Point In Time survey, conducted by the Homeless Network of Yakima County, is scheduled for Thursday.

Volunteers will stage at four locations: Yakima Convention Center, 10 N. Eighth St., Yakima; Noah’s Ark, 117 E. Second St., Wapato; Toppenish Community Chest Food Bank, 4 N. B St., Toppenish; and Oasis Community Church, 344 N. 11th St., Sunnyside.

Anyone interested in volunteering or making a donation to support the effort should call the Yakima County Department of Human Services at 509-574-1520.

The Yakima and Sunnyside survey sites will also provide information for homeless residents about the services available to them.

The homeless can call 211 for more information about the event nearest to them. Anyone who knows a homeless person can also call the same number for more information about resources.

The homeless count is anonymous. Questions deal with age, gender, ethnicity, current homeless status, duration of homelessness, and factors contributing to homelessness, such as disabilities, income status, education and need for services.

The information helps local agencies focus their efforts to reduce homelessness.

Last year’s count tallied nearly 1,000 homeless residents, the Homeless Network said.