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Volunteers sought for Miami-Dade's census of the homeless

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The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust seeks volunteers to help count and record data on the county's homeless living on the streets and in shelters, and as unaccompanied homeless youth. The critical information these surveys provide will help to guide the Trust’s planning and budgeting process, ensuring that it continues to support evidence-based programs that meet HUD’s stringent funding priorities and offer the best solutions to solve homelessness. 

Volunteers can participate in one of three events, or all three: Registry Week, the Point-in-Time Count and iCount.

On January 17, 21 and 22, volunteers are needed to work with trained homeless outreach professionals for Registry Week. During this period, homeless individuals will be identified and their risk factors assessed, helping to prioritize the most vulnerable for placement. 

On January 23, volunteers are needed to assist with the bi-annual Point-in-Time count, as well as the “iCount” initiative which identifies unaccompanied and unstably housed youth ages 13-24 in Miami-Dade County. The homeless street count begins at 10 p.m. and runs through 6 a.m.; the iCount begins at 4 p.m. and ends at midnight. Registry Week, the Point-In-Time Count and Survey, and iCount are part of processes designed to assist HUD and The Homeless Trust in achieving the aggressive goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2015. 

Volunteers can choose from various shifts:  daytime, nighttime and overnight. Parties interested in volunteering for Registry Week or the Point-in-Time count must attend a training program on January 16. 

For details, including the specific times when volunteers are needed, visitwww.homelesstrust.com or email thehomelesstrust@miamidade.gov.

If you see someone who is homeless at any time, call the Homeless Helpline at 1-877-994-HELP.

 

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