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DeKalb County looking for volunteers for local homeless count and survey

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DeKalb County looking for volunteers for local homeless count and survey

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On Thursday, Jan. 24, DeKalb County is administering a street count and survey of homeless people, and volunteers are needed.

According to a recent press release, the point of the count and survey is “to help us understand the scope of homelessness in our community.”

Volunteers will be split up into teams in one of three areas across the county:

– North DeKalb County, team meets at Center for Pan Asian Community Services

– East DeKalb County, team meets at Salvation Army Peachcrest

– West DeKalb County, team meets at South DeKalb Senior Center

“We must gather accurate data on our homeless population to track the success of local efforts to end homelessness,” a press release from DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson says. “By complying with the federal requirement to conduct a biennial homeless census, our community can receive over $5 million annually in federal funding for homeless services and housing.”

Volunteers can bring items to homeless people such as bottled water, pre-packaged foods, and toiletry bags. In addition, volunteers are advised to not bring valuables with them to their counting location.

In the case of bad weather, the count will be postponed to Tuesday, Jan. 29. A change in date will be announced by 10 a.m. on Jan. 24.

To sign up to volunteer, click here.

Have any questions? Contact the project manager, Josie Parker Batchelor by phone at 404-371-2689 or via email at jpbatchelor@dekalbcountyga.gov.

 

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