On Thursday night, January 21, 2016, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) will conduct its annual point-in-time homeless count. The homeless 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 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. This event, which requires a 4-6 hour one time commitment, makes for an excellent short-term service project for TREC members. Advance online and on-site training will be provided.
Contact Kara Hobbs or (214) 692-3606 to volunteer.