City Seeks Volunteers for Homeless Count

The city of Apache Junction is seeking volunteers to help conduct a survey later this month for the federally mandated annual “point in time” count for persons who are experiencing homelessness.

Help Us End Homelessness In Arizona

Each year, the Arizona Department of Housing, as the lead agency for the Arizona Balance of State Continuum of Care is tasked by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development with doing a “point in time” count of persons and families experiencing homelessness in the areas of the state outside of the urban centers of Maricopa and Pima counties. The information collected helps estimate the numbers of homeless persons and their needs. This information directly impacts local and federal efforts to secure funding, target existing resources and set our community service priorities to end homelessness.

Last year, more than 300 volunteers throughout Arizona conducted short, 10- to 20-minute surveys with more than 1,000 unsheltered homeless persons. Volunteers included those from service agencies, local schools and universities, government, faith-based organizations and interested individuals. The survey gathers basic demographic and personal information about each persons’ homeless experience and conditions. This year, we would like to increase our volunteers so we can further reach all persons experiencing homelessness in the rural counties to obtain their information and be sure they are counted.

Call To Action

Volunteers are desperately needed. This year’s count will take place between Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Saturday, Jan. 26. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. No experience is required and volunteers will be provided with training on the survey process, as well as strategies for engaging persons. The training is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14 at 11:30 a.m. in Apache Junction. Community volunteers will be partnered with experienced outreach or homeless service providers to form survey teams. All volunteers will be asked to sign a confidentiality agreement agreeing not to share the personal information of the individuals they interview.

For more information on how you may volunteer, please contact Heather Patel at 480-474-2635.

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