Volunteers Needed to Count City’s Homeless Population

The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services is recruiting volunteers to help conduct the City’s fourth biannual homeless count, set for January 29, 2009.

The count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the City to receive federal funds for supportive services to assist homeless persons. This count will help define the scope of homelessness at the local, state and national level, and help determine existing resources, identify gaps and highlight progress toward ending homelessness.
More than 300 volunteers are needed. Teams of threes– one community volunteer, one service provider and one homeless person– will count the homeless population in each of the 47 mapped segments of Long Beach. Participants will also help survey all emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs in the city.
Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a one-hour orientation session before the count. For more information or to volunteer, call (562) 570-4003 or visit www.longbeach.gov/health/fss/homeless_services/default.asp.

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