OC Supervisor wants to count homeless in her district

Volunteers count homeless people on Skid Row during the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) on January 29, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. About 6,000 volunteers take part in counting the homeless people that they see as well as tents, cars and other structures used by the homeless, but avoid estimating the amount of people that might be inside such shelters. The last Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count, which took place in 2013, found that LA had one of the largest homeless populations in the country, with more than 39,000 men, women and children living on the streets. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Volunteers count homeless people on Skid Row during the 2015 Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count conducted by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley is having a similar event in her district. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Orange County Second District Supervisor Katrina Foley is launching an initiative to better understand the homeless population in her district.

Foley, whose district has more than 600,000 residents and includes Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Newport Beach, is launching an audit and homeless survey. It will be the first time a homeless audit and survey will be conducted within a single supervisory district, Foley told KNX.

“We want to get a better picture,” she said. “We want to identify gaps in service and where we need to improve.”

The count is scheduled to begin on July 14.

Foley estimated the audit and count will total about $72,000 and will be paid for through discretionary funds supervisors can spend in their districts.