Volunteers Needed to Count the City’s Homeless Population in January 2009
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Volunteers Needed to Count the City’s Homeless Population in January 2009

Long Beach, CA – December 19, 2008 – (RealEstateRama) — The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is recruiting volunteers to help conduct the City’s fourth biannual homeless count, set for January 29, 2009.

The count is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the City to receive federal funds for supportive services to assist homeless persons.  This count will help define the scope of homelessness at the local, state and national level, and help determine existing resources, identify gaps and highlight progress toward ending homelessness.

More than 300 volunteers are needed.  Teams of three individuals – a community volunteer, a service provider and a homeless person – will count the homeless population in each of 47 mapped segments of the City. Participants can expect to learn about homeless services, meet service providers, and interact with people experiencing homelessness in Long Beach.

In addition, volunteers will help survey all emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing programs within Long Beach.

All volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend a one-hour orientation session before the count. For more information, or to volunteer, please  visit www.longbeach.gov/health/fss/homeless_services/default.asp or call 562.570.4003.

Contact:
Susan Price
Homeless Services Officer
562.570.4003
susan_price (at) longbeach (dot) gov

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