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Two dozen Hardin County area nonprofits are trying to gain a better picture of the local homeless population.

The groups are hoping to draw 300 to 400 families to an event Wednesday afternoon in Elizabethtown.

Megan Stith, President and CEO of United Way of Central Kentucky, says the groups are reaching out to those who may have been missed during a statewide homeless count conducted earlier this year.

According to Stith, those could be people “who are living with relatives, in between housing situations and staying with friends, or have family staying in multiple locations, or staying in a shelter or some kind of temporary or transitional housing.”

Stith says the event will be a one-stop opportunity for those who are housing or food insecure in Hardin County to learn more about local programs that can help. Feeding America is providing food distribution at the event.

When the temperature dips below 35 degrees, some Louisville homeless shelters open their doors to anyone who needs a bed, regardless of space.

These are called White Flag nights.

This week–after several inches of snowfall–temperatures dropped below zero in the Louisville area.

WFPL asked Thompson Williams,  a monitor at Wayside Christian Mission in downtown Louisville, to carry around a recorder and capture the sounds of a packed shelter on Wednesday, a White Flag night.

New federal regulations have exposed issues in Kentucky’s rural homeless shelters.

Changes to the federal HEARTH Act require shelters and transitional housing programs to work together to provide a ‘continuum of care’ to clients. That poses challenges for rural areas where services are more isolated.

According the Kentucky Housing Corporation’s Davey King, the changes have been smoother in urban areas like Louisville and Lexington.

“That’s much easier to implement because all of their providers are contained within that one county area, and it’s easier for them to make referrals from a shelter to a transitional housing program or to another shelter. When one shelter is full and they can’t serve somebody, they can easily refer somebody to another shelter.”

King also says that the expiration of federal stimulus funds has hampered their efforts to better coordinate between rural shelters.

The project managers for a new Ohio River bridge between Indiana and Kentucky say makeshift homeless camps in the new span's path need to be moved soon.

Indiana and Kentucky officials told members of the Jeffersonville-Clarksville Homelessness Task Force on Thursday that the homeless residents need to be moved so crews can clear land for the new bridge's ramps.

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project manager Andy Barber told the panel it's unsafe for people to be in the construction zone without protective equipment.

The Courier-Journal reports Walsh Construction project manager Blake Morris told task force members crews planned to begin clearing land near one camp area late this week.

Task force member the Rev. Jim Moon says homeless advocates "need a little more time than that."