LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) --  Homeless advocates in Louisville want to know how many people are living on the streets.

Volunteers and staff from several organizations spent Thursday morning visiting homeless camps throughout the city.

The goal was to count and figure out the demographics of people sleeping outdoors in Metro Louisville.

Homeless Count 2018's Jennifer Westerman says volunteers in their group encourage the homeless to move indoors.

"Most of our homeless that are out in the winter like this -- they're pretty familiar with the resources where to go. Most of the people who sleep outside, it's by choice," Westerman said. 

People living in shelters were also counted to create a one-night count of the homeless population. The street count number will be available Friday.

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