Urgent Call for Volunteers: Annual Homeless Survey - Everyone Counts

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Urgent Call for Volunteers: Annual Homeless Survey - Everyone Counts

Metro Denver, CO (January 24, 2018) – The Metro Denver region is preparing for the annual Point in Time survey of people experiencing homelessness. Starting sundown on January 29, 2018, and ending sundown January 30, 2018, hundreds of volunteers and agencies will mobilize across Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties over a 24-hour period to conduct a survey of homelessness.

The Point in Time survey occurs nationwide the last ten days in January, and is regionally referred to as Everyone Counts. The data is used to inform HUD and provide a snapshot of Metro Denver on a single night that helps communities understand trends and respond to the needs of people experiencing literal homelessness. In 2017, Metro Denver counted 5116 total people experiencing homelessness, with 924 of those people counted staying outside in tents, parks, vehicles or underpasses.

For the upcoming 2018 count, comprehensive count methodology will provide more reliable data. Expanded efforts include:

  • Magnet events to encourage persons less engaged with homeless services to be counted
  • Enhanced coordination of outreach for unsheltered persons living in tents, parks, vehicles, underpasses
  • Digital applications to plan volunteer routes and collect data

"The count is a community-driven event that requires hundreds of people to engage in a very unique and meaningful volunteer experience," said Will Connelly, Executive Director, Metro Denver Homeless Initiative. “We have an urgent need for more volunteers this Monday evening.”

Metro Denver Homeless Initiative and Mile High United Way are recruiting volunteers to work alongside service providers to conduct interviews with homeless individuals and families in emergency shelters, human service organizations, parks, riverbeds, and other locations. Volunteers commit to attending a training and to administering surveys for a four hour shift. Interested parties should visit www.everyonecounts.mdhi.org or email pit@mdhi.org for more information.

Volunteers can sign up directly through this link: givepul.se/fb8dd

About MDHI: Metro Denver Homeless Initiative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to lead and advance collaboration to end homelessness in our region. In 2017, MDHI, as the Continuum of Care, leveraged over $24M in HUD-funded housing resources and supportive services for individuals, youth, families, and Veterans experiencing homelessness across Metro Denver.

Learn more at MDHI.org