DATE: Tuesday, November 27, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael R. Wright, MPA
Homeless Initiative Partnership Administrator
The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership in collaboration with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Inc. (BRHPC) is seeking volunteers to assist with the collection of data for the 2013 Homeless Point in Time Count and Survey (PIT) from 12 p.m. on January 24 to 11:59 a.m. on January 25, 2013.
According to Michael R. Wright, MPA, administrator of the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, Broward County is charged with counting every homeless person in the County and asking them to complete a survey. The count is used to substantiate need for all federal and state grants. An accurate count helps Broward County get needed resources to help persons experiencing homelessness in Broward.
“The Survey is used to provide up-to-date information about the needs of persons experiencing homelessness and is a wonderful opportunity for the community to engage in efforts to end homelessness and learn about the Homeless Continuum of Care,” added Regine Kanzki, MPH, division director, BRHPC.
Kanzki said there are no specific requirements to volunteer, but having concern and compassion for persons experiencing homelessness and the desire to help are good characteristics. Volunteers will primarily assist with the "Unsheltered Count" and should have their own transportation and be comfortable walking and interacting with persons living on the streets. Other volunteers may assist in other areas of the Point in Time Count.
Frank Isaza, 2013 Homeless PIT Count chair advised “all volunteers are required to attend a training session and a PIT kick-off event, all of which will be scheduled in January 2013.” Kathy Wint, HandsonBroward PIT manager added that “We have a target of 200 volunteers for this project.”
To volunteer, visit handsonbroward.org and type in the key words "homeless count" or call Kathy Wint at 954-233-1300. Volunteer forms should be submitted by December 30, 2012.