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Volunteers Needed: 2013 Homeless Point in Time Count and Survey
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Volunteers Needed: 2013 Homeless Point in Time Count and Survey

1/24/2013

When: Thursday, January 24
Where: throughout St. Pete
  
Contact:
Susan Finlaw-Dusseault

Details

Volunteers shifts from 2-3 hours are available, and your help is needed!

Click here to view the volunteer opportunities.

Click here to read a FAQ document.

For more information, please contact a member of the Leadership Board staff:

Susan Finlaw-Dusseault: susanf@pinellashomeless.org or 727-528-5832

Debbie Infante: dinfante@pinellashomeless.org or 727-528-5768

Sarah Snyder: sarah@pinellashomeless.org or 727-424-1355.

 

2013 Homeless Count and Survey Project Description

On Thursday, January 24, 2013, the Pinellas County Homeless Leadership Board, Inc. will be conducting a comprehensive enumeration of homeless persons in Pinellas County.

The goal of the 2013 Homeless Count and Survey will be to conduct a street and service-based count of all homeless individuals and families in every city, community and unincorporated area of Pinellas County. This project will include a methodology for counting all homeless persons, as defined by HUD, which creates a unique identifier which will avoid duplication of persons counted.

To conduct the 2013 Homeless Count and Survey the County will be divided into distinct geographic regions. Each of the regions will then be divided into easily navigable sections based on geography and landmarks. Teams will then be disbursed into each area to conduct the enumeration on the day of the count.

Street-based enumeration will include homeless encampments and other places homeless people use as part of their daily activities. Homeless encampments are those places which homeless people use primarily for sleeping. These locations will be mapped out ahead of the count and survey. Other places (non-encampments) include streets and sidewalks where homeless people are usually en route, and locations where homeless people gather or hang out, such as vacant lots, parks, municipal service or business centers, parked cars, abandoned buildings, and other locations not considered homeless encampments. These areas will be divided along grid lines and have teams of volunteers crossing the grids to count and survey the population in heavily populated areas.

The service-based enumeration will include places where homeless persons receive services. Such places will include shelters, transitional housing programs, food and clothing programs, etc. Staff at these locations will be asked to collect the same data as the street-based count and survey.

Persons to be counted within the street-based and service-based enumeration are those individuals and families considered homeless according to the state and HUD definitions of homelessness. Enumeration will be conducted using asimple survey instrument recording information provided by the homeless individual during the interaction. The information collected will then be entered into the Tampa Bay Information Network (TBIN) and sorted for duplication.

Prior to the 2013 Homeless Count and Survey a volunteer base will be established in order to carry out the enumeration activities. Volunteers will be recruited through service providers, City and County services, the Homeless Leadership Board, local media, colleges and universities. Volunteers can come from anywhere in the entire County to help conduct the Homeless count and survey. They will be asked to fill out a Volunteer Form (see attached form) to match skills and locations to allow each volunteer to use their strengths during the census.

Each volunteer will be contacted by a Team Lead prior to the 2013 Homeless Count and Survey. All volunteers will be required to attend a training session prior to January 24, 2013. Each training session will cover the purpose, methodology, safety, and establish a unified practice for conducting the 2013 Homeless Count Survey Project.


 
 

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