Pinellas Needs Volunteers for Homeless Count
The count, scheduled for Jan. 24, is designed to gain information for better delivery of services and resources to the homeless.
PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board needs help from the community to conduct a one-day count and survey of homeless individuals and families in the local community.
The count, scheduled for Jan. 24, helps identify gaps in services and helps countywide efforts toward ending homelessness. The data collected will help ensure funding is available to provide critical services.
An annual countywide survey of the homeless population is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for any area receiving federal funding for homeless programs. Last year’s one-day count identified 2,777 homeless individuals who met the study criteria set out by HUD, though the county’s total homeless population is estimated to be almost twice that number.
To comprehensively cover this very densely populated community, the Point-In-Time Planning Committee has identified the need for more than 350 volunteers and 90 team leads. Those who are interested in volunteering for the count can go to pinellashomeless.org and look for “2017 Point-in-Time Count” registration, or call (727) 582-7922 for information. There will be mandatory training sessions for all participants. They will be held in January.
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