Preliminary numbers of the homeless in Santa Barbara County from a census conducted by an army of volunteers last month show a drop in the total of those on the streets.
The numbers show just over 1460 people on the streets of the county, down from more than 1570 two years ago. The largest number of homeless in the county were in the Santa Barbara area, where more than 960 people, or about two thirds of those in the county were found.
The survey also found more than 110 homeless families in the county.
The census is important, because it helps determine the amount of federal assistance the county will get, and helps local officials determine the need, and how they are doing in meeting it.