Counting the Homeless in ABQ Jan06

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Counting the Homeless in ABQ

January 23rd – 27th
What is the Point in Time Count?
Every two years, the New Mexico Coalition to End Homelessness and our member agencies work together to coordinate the Albuquerque Point in Time Count. Our goal is to count the current number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Albuquerque, and to learn more about their specific needs.  In order to accomplish this goal, staff and volunteers go into soup kitchens, day shelters and directly to the streets in order to find people staying outside.
 
Why is the Point in Time Count important?
Knowing how many people experience homelessness in Albuquerque helps secure funding for homeless service programs, including annual federal funding for long-term solutions like permanent supportive housing and transitional housing. The Point in Time Count also helps us learn more about the specific individuals and families who are currently experiencing homelessness. With the information collected during the Point in Time Count, we can clearly identify those most in need of supportive housing. We can then effectively connect people to housing and supports that will help them end their experience of homelessness.
 
What does volunteering involve?
All Point in Time Count volunteer activities are scheduled in advance. Volunteer shifts are held throughout the week of the count. Surveyors are assigned to locations where people experiencing homelessness are likely to be, such as meal sites and day shelters. Each shift will have a Team Leader who is experienced in working with the population we serve to provide guidance and information.
 
How do I sign up to volunteer?
All volunteers must complete a mandatory training the week prior to Point-in-Time week. Training ensures that surveyors collect information accurately. Location TBA.
Volunteer Training Sessions
 
Tuesday, January 17th                                      Thursday, January 19th
10:00am – 11:00am or 5:30pm – 6:30pm       10:00am – 11am or 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Please contact our volunteer coordinator, Lisa Maury, by phone at 505.433.5175 or email at lisa-m@nmceh.org to sign up!