Would you like to be an on-the-streets worker against homelessness? Join our community minister Julie B. and others from Bethesda Project, our partner in the shelter ministry, as they hit the streets to count how many homeless there are in Philly.
Julie shares this info. via Project Home:
“It’s hard to believe that over 2 years ago, we embarked on the most comprehensive surveying effort of people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia that has ever taken place. We’re still using that robust data to drive housing placements for the most vulnerable people on the streets and to inform public policy and systems change efforts! At this point, nearly 80,000 people have been housed through the 100,000 Homes Campaign nationally.
Now, we have another opportunity to acquire critical data about individuals experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia- through the Point-In-Time count. On January 22, 2014 from 10:30PM to 3:00AM, we need volunteers for the PhillyCounts team. Small teams of surveyors with a leader will approach all people on the streets in small, defined zones during the count and ask them to fill out the short survey. The information we get from this effort will be submitted to HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and it will be used for local policy and planning, so we can configure systems that help people move forward from homelessness.
~ volunteers who will administer short surveys to individuals all across the city. Since we’re covering lots of ground, we need a large and energetic team.
~ team leaders. Since you all have volunteered before, you know the drill.
So are you in? If so, you can sign-up here (please indicate your organization is “Bethesda Project”). And if you want more info. or to make sure you’re doing with someone you know, speak with Julie.