Friday, January 18, 2013

2013 Homeless Count and Census

2013 Homeless Count and Census

It is once again time to conduct the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) annual homeless count and census. The census is conducted each year in the last ten days of January so that Dallas and Collin Counties can collect information on homeless residents.

With MDHA's renewed commitment to end Chronic Homelessness by 2015 and the Homeless Count and Census allows us to monitor our progress in achieving this goal. The Census helps us to complete a needs assessment for the community and encourage the development of programs to fill identified gaps. The information compiled during the census is also used by several other interested groups, including non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, media outlets and various departments in Federal, State and local government.

DATE:                          Thursday, January 24, 2013
 TIME:                           5:00 P.M. sign-in

SIGN-IN TRAINING LOCATION - New: Dallas City Hall – Cafeteria 7th Floor – Supper will be available

SURVEY RETURN LOCATION:   L 1 F North Auditorium-Dallas City Hall

HOW TO HELP: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.  Those conducting the census should remember to wear clothing appropriate to the weather, comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, writing pen, and clipboard.
Indoor Volunteer Team Member: Conducts the Homeless survey in an indoor location, such as an Emergency Shelter or Transitional Housing facility. Law enforcement professionals are not assigned to these teams, but a staff contact will be provided for teams who visit these locations and agency staff will be present.

Outdoor Volunteer Team Member: Conducts the survey outdoors in teams of two or three. Law enforcement personnel are assigned to each team for safety reasons. 

Setup and Sign-In Volunteers: At 4:00 P.M. on January 24, help setup the location and/or assist with sign-in and distribution of materials to all volunteers.

Data Entry Volunteers:  During the month of February fifteen days are scheduled for data entry.  If you are interested in assisting with this day-time opportunity; a schedule of dates and times will be emailed to you to register for one or more of the three-hour work sessions.


Training on how to conduct the census will be provided for volunteers on the night of the Count. Volunteers will sign-in from 5:00 – 5:45 p.m., and training will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. in the 7th Floor Cafeteria.

Contact Information

Thank you for your interest! In order to volunteer or to receive more Information, please contact Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance at Phone: 972-638-5627 or E-mail:

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