As the cold weather hit Friday, hundreds of volunteers took to the streets looking for those without a place to call home.
Every year, members of Ending Community Homelessness Coalition comb the city and count the number of people living on Austin streets and in shelters.
They say it's a vital part of making sure the homeless population in the Austin area is okay.
It also gives a rough idea who exactly lives on the streets. .
The effort is required by HUD and determines how much federal money for local homeless service providers will be given.
The price tag for each person is shocking.
"To do nothing about homelessness cost this city money. It's about $40 thousand per year per homeless person," says Ann Howard, executive director of ECHO.
Howard says most people living on the streets do find housing; those who don't are chronically homeless.
The snapshot from Friday night's survey will be released in a couple of days.