Annual Homeless Count Needs Volunteers

635877600068971360-HomelessThe Culver City Homelessness Committee is seeking volunteers for the 2016 Homelessness Count, which takes place on January 27, 2016 beginning at 6:30 pm. Culver City’s Homeless Count is being conducted in coordination with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), which, beginning in 2016, will conduct the count annually.
Culver City Mayor Micheál O’Leary encourages community participation in the Culver City Homeless Count and said, “It’s very important for us to have an understanding of the number of homeless people who need services in our community. My heart goes out to those who are living on our streets, especially during these cold, wet winter months. I
appreciate the efforts of the volunteer-led Homelessness Committee and all participants in the 2016 Homeless Count.” Ira Diamond, the Committee’s Chair, added, “The Count is performed through the efforts of volunteer teams. The Committee will coordinate volunteers on the night of the Count, so if you come as a team of four, you can go out with your own group. Businesses, volunteer clubs, faith-based groups, and
families/friends are encouraged to form groups of four and join us on January 27, 2016! Individuals are also welcome, as we’ll pair them up with others to form a group of four.”

The schedule is as follows:
• 6:30 pm — Arrive at the Culver City Senior Center
• Enjoy refreshments and food items from local Culver City Vendors
• 7:30 pm — Brief training for volunteers
• 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm — Volunteers are sent to their precinct for the Count
• 10:00 pm – (Midnight – 2:00 am) — Volunteers return
The Count is an enumeration (counting) of the number of people experiencing homelessness in Culver City. All cities on the Westside of Los Angeles County will conduct the Count the same night to avoid duplication of individuals counted in neighboring cities. The numbers generated by the Count are statistically analyzed to estimate the number of homeless individuals in a broader area. Since it is not possible
to locate every homeless person, each individual that is found “counts” as more than one person for purposes of statistical analysis. Based on the data collected, the County of Los Angeles, State of California, and to the federal government review the results to determine resource allocations to Culver City for housing and homelessness assistance programs.

Finally, although the schedule listed above anticipates volunteers concluding the count sometime between Midnight and 2:00 am, volunteers tend to return much earlier. To sign up, please go to (Culver City is in SPA 5) or email [email protected]. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Tevis Barnes, Culver City’s Housing Administrator, at (310) 253-5782

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