Upcoming Homeless Tally Is Low on Volunteers

Upcoming Homeless Tally Is Low on Volunteers

Photo by Sam Hodgson

Carol, 71, said she's been homeless for a year.

 

The annual “point-in-time” homeless count is two weeks away, in the early morning hours of Friday, Jan. 25.

Teams of volunteers take maps of different U.S. Census tracts and count the number of people they see sleeping in tents, cars and makeshift structures and on streets and sidewalks.

The group organizing the count is hoping for at least 700 volunteers. This week, I heard that about 400 volunteers have registered with the Regional Task Force on the Homeless so far.

Most of the volunteers already registered have asked to count in the city of San Diego, said Dania Brett, who oversees the count for the Regional Task Force.

“We are running pretty short in the rest of the county,” she said.

This count is required for any region that wants federal funding for combating homelessness. As Brett said in our earlier story about the difficulties of the count, “You can’t fix what you can’t measure.”

The task force seeks volunteers for both counters on the morning of Jan. 25, and surveyors to interview people who are homeless over the two days that follow. They also take volunteers to help with data entry in February to input numbers once the count is completed.

Here’s more information on how to volunteer.

I’m Kelly Bennett, reporter for Voice of San Diego. You can reach me directly at kelly.bennett@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.325.0531.

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Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett

Kelly Bennett is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach her directly at kelly@vosd.org.

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Alexandra Rutherford
Alexandra Rutherford subscriber

I would like to count, but asking for the time off from work to volunteer is hard. Friday night or early Satruday morning would have worked better for me. Still I am torn.

ARutherford2
ARutherford2

I would like to count, but asking for the time off from work to volunteer is hard. Friday night or early Satruday morning would have worked better for me. Still I am torn.

Duncan Renaldo
Duncan Renaldo subscriber

I've volunteered to count the homeless in Coronado.

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid

I've volunteered to count the homeless in Coronado.

Liz Hirsch
Liz Hirsch subscriber

I just volunteered to do Data Entry. Transportation is a problem for me. I'm homeless so I tote my house with me. But I can sit in one place and do Data Entry. Give back. The County and many independent people have helped me. IT would be a good idea to get volunteers from the shelters.

granpaguy
granpaguy

I just volunteered to do Data Entry. Transportation is a problem for me. I'm homeless so I tote my house with me. But I can sit in one place and do Data Entry. Give back. The County and many independent people have helped me. IT would be a good idea to get volunteers from the shelters.

Jake Vogelsang
Jake Vogelsang subscriber

I could even see where some of the homeless may be more comfortable being interviewed by someone who shares their situation. Thoughts anyone?

Observing the Chaos
Observing the Chaos

I could even see where some of the homeless may be more comfortable being interviewed by someone who shares their situation. Thoughts anyone?