Annual survey created to identify needs of homeless community


Annual survey created to identify needs of homeless community

The numbers are expected to be released at some point Thursday.

"I hear a lot of people that say they got a lot out of it just being able to go out in the streets and see the conditions that some people live in, and it kind of inspires them to want to do more as volunteers in the community", she states. City officials and community partners then take this information and use it to plan out future programs and initiatives to help the homeless community, according to a report from the City of Santa Clarita. Previous year the population of homeless people on the streets of Los Angeles increased 23 percent, and officials believe the numbers have continued to rise.

In Porter County, each team was supplied with instructions regarding who should be counted to meet requirements for HUD, Snyder said.

Project Homeless Connect is located at Virginia Beach United Methodist Church, 212 19th St.

Starting Tuesday night in the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and San Gabriel Valleys, thousands of volunteers fanned out to neighborhoods to count the homeless, an annual three-day exercise that in recent years has confirmed an alarming crisis in Los Angeles County.

Monarch Housing Associates is coordinating the NJ Counts survey for the fifth year.

A group of volunteers spent Wednesday night canvassing Lexington counting the city's homeless population. They also paired homeless people up with any necessary social services.

"They look at a variety of other things, such as our commitment to a concept known as housing first, the accessibility we provide to people that are experiencing homelessness, and overall integration of our services", says Williams.

"I think the causes are pretty clear and explicit", said Peter Lynn, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority.

Last month, she chose to return to her native Gary, but without a stable home or job - she soon found herself at the Sojourner Truth House.

To volunteer as an organization or individual to assist in conducting the count within the Big Sandy region, or to provide information about homeless individuals, please contact Jacqueline Long at 859-740-2086.

The count helps housing advocates justify the need for more funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for permanent, supportive housing, Liggins said. "Families with children are the most sensitive to those rent increases".

"We are aware that there are more out there", she said. They also told them about resources including local shelters and other services available to the homeless.



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