Friday, January 08, 2016
Volunteers needed: YOU CAN HELP!
PIT Volunteers: On Thursday night, January 21, 2016, 8:00pm–1:00am, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) will be conducting its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count. The Count, a requirement under federal law, helps communities and the nation as a whole, identify and understand the extent and nature of homelessness, changing trends in this area, and the measure of our success in ending homelessness.
Results of the Count will be shared with the community during the “State of the Homeless Address” in March 2016. That night volunteers will fan out from a number of staging areas, across Dallas County, to count the unsheltered homeless, while partner agencies will count the sheltered homeless.
The volunteers will follow routes created with geographic information system (GIS) mapping software, canvassing under bridges, in parks, in cars, and in (safe to investigate) wooded areas and abandoned buildings, as well as other areas where persons may be seeking shelter from the cold. In order to conduct a full and accurate count of the unsheltered homeless, MDHA will need 750 volunteers, registered as teams of 3-5 persons. MDHA is actively seeking the help of the community in recruiting volunteers.
Please help us by posting the attached ad in as many places, as possible. This event, which requires a 4-6 hour one time commitment, makes for an excellent short term service project for congregations, companies, non-profits, service organizations, and neighborhood associations.
Advance online and on-site training will be provided. To sign up, go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/DallasPIT.
For more information, go to: www.mdhadallas.org/2016-homeless-count/.
David S. Gruber
Development and Communications Director
Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance
End Homelessness – Support MDHA - www.mdhadallas.org 2816 Swiss Avenue Dallas, TX 75204