"Out in this atmosphere, it's a completely different experience," she said.
Another volunteer, Weber State University senior Terrisha Judd, agreed. She learned about the count through her internship with Volunteers of America's Homeless Youth Resource Center.
"It's not the normal volunteer experience. It's a way to shine a different light on things and to experience the homeless population from a different perspective," she said.
Mullin said HUD makes funding decisions based on the count and quarterly reports from service providers so it is important to make as many contacts as possible.
Some people his team encountered Thursday refused to come out of their tents or cars to respond to the survey.
"I've had people tell me off, and the next day they talk your ear off. We'll come back. We never give up on anybody," he said.
The count concludes Saturday.
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