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Monday April 4th, 2016

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The Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex is looking for volunteers to help with an upcoming survey and count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The program, involving 30 communities across the country, is called the “Point-in-Time Count of homelessness”. In the past, individual cities and towns conducted their own surveys and counts using different methods, making it difficult to get a clear snapshot; this coordinated count will allow each community, using standardized methods, to gather both national and community-specific information about each unique individual and/or family who is experiencing homelessness.

The plan, announced by the federal government late last year, will also assist participating communities, such as Windsor Essex County, in identifying how many local residents are experiencing homelessness, while also giving greater understanding to the challenges being faced by those experiencing homelessness; this information is invaluable to creating a community-wide and collaborative response to ending homelessness within our community.

“A Point in Time Count is an exciting step forward for us; using the knowledge gained from the surveys it will allow us, as a responsive community, to create a plan of action tailored to our community. Every survey and every volunteer who assists is helping us get one step closer to eradicating homelessness in Windsor Essex County.”- Angela Yakonich, Community Developer, Homeless Coalition Windsor Essex

Windsor’s survey will take place Tuesday, April 19th and Wednesday, April 20th. Participants will follow a common methodology to identify and enumerate local residents who are sleeping in shelters, on the streets and in other public locations.

There are three survey time slots to pick from, and volunteers are encouraged to choose more than one.
Tuesday, April 19th: 3pm to 7pm
Tuesday, April 19th: 8pm to 11pm
Wednesday, April 20th: 6am to 9am

All volunteers will receive mandatory training, work in teams, and work alongside staff of many different Homeless Coalition Membership agencies.
For more information or to register and show your interest in supporting those in our community experiencing homelessness please email [email protected]

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