By: Cindy Maple, Executive Director, Hospitality House
January 9, 2013 - The Department of Housing and Urban Development requires all Homeless Continuum of Care Collaborative Councils to conduct a bi-annual count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless populations during one 24-hour period during the last ten days in January . Nevada County is conducting its count/survey on Thursday from noon-7:00 pm, January 24, 2013 for unsheltered persons (cars, outside, parks, homeless camps, food banks, etc.)
We need volunteers to work at the homeless connect event in the following areas; taking surveys with homeless participants, preparing and serving food, oversight of cold weather gear and clothing donations, set up and clean up after the event.
We also need volunteers willing to go out into the community and to areas were homeless and known to spend time to do a "street count". Working in groups of two or more, volunteers will count and interview (using a short survey form) homeless individuals and families. You can sign up as part of a team or as an individual and we will assign you team partners. Every group must carry at least one cell phone, and you will be given a map of locations to visit.
The majority of the interviewing will be done in public places and during our homeless connect event, which is an incentive based event geared to draw the homeless to the event to be counted and surveyed.
The homeless connect event takes place between noon-5:00 p.m. at the Grass Valley United Methodist Church located at 236 S. Church Street in Grass Valley. This will be our home base for this event. Food, entertainment, incentive gift cards (for homeless completing the survey), cold weather gear, haircuts and other services will be provided during this event.
A shuttle will run between Grass Valley and Nevada City between 10:00-5:00 p.m. to bring homeless to and from the event.
Nevada County Superior Court will also conduct a "Homeless Court" for homeless individuals wanting to address minor warrants and tickets.
Volunteers for our previous counts have found this to be rewarding, enlightening, and even fun! If you would like to participate in this countywide effort, please email me and let me know and I'll email you a Volunteer Registration form. This can be returned to me by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 16, 2013. You can also drop this off at our Welcome Center located at 230 S. Church Street in Grass Valley. Thanks!!! Cindy Maple, Executive Director, Hospitality House
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