Volunteers Needed For Citywide Count of Homeless Persons

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Citywide Count of HomelessCommunity volunteers are encouraged to participate in the biennual count of homeless persons in Long Beach on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

The City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) conducts the count, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This count defines the scope of homelessness, both in the community and across the nation, and helps to determine existing resources, identify gaps, and highlight progress toward ending homelessness.

Approximately 300 community volunteers are needed to conduct this citywide count. The first aspect involves identifying the numbers of homeless individuals and families residing in emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs within Long Beach. The second aspect involves teams comprised of three volunteers, led by a service provider, canvassing and counting homeless people in sectors throughout the city.

Information on the count, including volunteer registration, is available at www.longbeach.gov/health/fss/homeless_services/default.asp. Please submit volunteer forms via fax to 562.570.4066. Volunteers must complete a one-hour orientation/training session prior to the day of the count.

For additional information about the 2013 Everyone Counts process, contact Elsa Ramos, Multi-Service Center Coordinator, at 562.733.1147 ext 103 or at Elsa.Ramos@longbeach.gov.


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