Volunteers Needed for San Diego’s Homeless Census Count
By Doug Porter
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is seeking over one thousand volunteers to assist in counting homeless individuals in San Diego on January 24, 2014.
The Point In Time Count (PITC) is an annual census effort encompassing both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals. Data about locations and demographics is collected, enabling agencies in the San Diego region to better understand the scope, impact and potential solutions to homelessness.
The PITC is also crucial in that it supplies information essential to applications for funding to address homeless issues. Based on San Diego’s 2013 census, approximately 8,900 individuals, families and unaccompanied children experience homelessness annually in San Diego County.
Communities across the country will be conducting similar events during the last ten days of January 2014. The PITC is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and sponsored by U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and County of San Diego.
The Regional Task Force on the Homeless is seeking volunteers for the following:
- Jan. 24 from 4:00 a.m. – 7:00 a.m. – Enumerators to count unsheltered homeless persons in San Diego County
- Jan. 24-27 availability times are flexible – Surveyors to conduct interviews with homeless individuals in San Diego County
All training will be provided by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. Anyone interested in volunteering can register at CountSD.org, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-292-7627 ext. 14.
“Eliminating homelessness in our community requires a complex understanding of our homeless population and factors that led to them being where they are,” said Dolores Diaz, Regional Task Force on the Homeless Executive Director. “We are committed to accurately counting the homeless in our region, which requires the help of many generous local volunteers.”
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Doug Porter was active in the early days of the alternative press in San Diego, contributing to the OB Liberator, the print version of the OB Rag, the San Diego Door, and the San Diego Street Journal. He went on to have a 35 year career in the Hospitality business and decided to go back into raising hell when he retired. He received a first place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for Daily Reporting and Writing: Opinion/Editorial in 2013. He is a cancer survivor and lives in North Park.