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Steve Newborn/WUSF

Nearly 500 volunteers fanned out across Hillsborough County Thursday to tally the county’s homeless population.

Roberto Roldan / WUSF Public Media

The volunteers were out early, canvassing the area near Tampa's downtown Gaslight Park while many of the people living there were just starting their day.

Christopher Collier / WUSF News

About 400 volunteers fanned out across Hillsborough County Thursday, searching for the homeless.

M.S. Butler

When it comes to children, the definition of homeless includes more children than you may think.

Under the federal McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act children and youth who "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence are considered homeless." That means children who are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camp grounds -- or doubled-up with relatives or friends  --are homeless, as well as those who stay in shelters, on the street or in abandoned buildings.