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2019 Count Homeless - Downtown

Hosted by the Consul of the Dallas Changemakers Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Thu 24 Jan 19:00 - 23:30

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IMPORTANT: This is at night in groups of Protected content our own cars. Please comment under this activity below if you would like to be a team leader - we need 3. I have to register teams by 01/ Protected content . If you are afraid of the homeless or to be downtown at night, please do not sign up for this activity.

On Thursday night, January 24, Protected content , 7:00pm–Midnight, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) will be conducting its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count. The Count, a requirement under federal law, helps communities and the nation as a whole, identify and understand the extent and nature of homelessness, changing trends in this area, and the measure of our success in ending homelessness. Results of the Count will be shared with the community during the “State of the Homeless Address” in March Protected content .

That night volunteers will fan out from a number of staging areas, across Dallas County, to count the unsheltered homeless, while partner agencies will count the sheltered homeless. The volunteers will follow routes created with geographic information system (GIS) mapping software, canvassing under bridges, in parks, in cars, and in (safe to investigate) wooded areas and abandoned buildings, as well as other areas where persons may be seeking shelter from the cold.

In order to conduct a full and accurate count of the unsheltered homeless, MDHA will need 1,500 volunteers, registered as teams of Protected content . MDHA is actively seeking the help of the community in recruiting volunteers. This event, which requires a Protected content one time commitment, makes for an excellent short term service project for congregations, companies, non-profits, service organizations, and neighborhood associations. Advance online and on-site training will be provided.