DATE: November 28, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael R. Wright
Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, in collaboration with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward Sheriff's Office, and Nova Southeastern University, is seeking 400 Volunteers to assist the Homeless Continuum of Care with the collection of data for the 2018 Homeless Point-in-Time Count Survey and Built for Zero 2018 Registry Week beginning on Tuesday night, January 23rd, through Wednesday, January 24th. In addition, a youth event that focuses on the homeless youth count will take place at Delevoe Park on Saturday, January 27th. The youth program needs volunteers and vendors who are health and youth oriented.
All volunteers are required to attend an orientation session. The orientation will cover the survey tools, enumerator training, safety, and coordination procedures and regulations. To register please visit the Broward Point-in-Time website and select "Get Involved." Interested persons can send their inquiries to email@example.com for additional volunteer information.
The Built for Zero 2018 Registry is designed to create a registry of homeless individuals and families, including veterans and chronically homeless persons in Broward County which will be used to assist in prioritizing housing and service resources to help them end their homelessness.
According to Michael Wright, administrator of the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, "An accurate count is used to substantiate need for all federal and state grants and helps Broward County get critical resources to help persons experiencing homelessness in our community."
Shira Fowlkes, Point-in-Time coordinator, said "The volunteers will primarily assist with the Unsheltered Count/Broward Built for Zero:2018 Registration and should be prepared to walk long distances and interact with persons living on the streets." Other volunteers may assist in other areas of the Point-in-Time Count. "All volunteers will have access to people knowledgeable about the Point-in-Time Count during their shift who can answer questions and provide guidance," Fowlkes said.
About Homeless Initiative Partnership
The Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP), a section within the Community Partnerships Division of the Broward County Human Services Department, plans and coordinates services for homeless persons, and serves as liaison to the Homeless Initiative Partnership Advisory Board, which acts as agent for the Board of County Commissioners in the development and implementation of homeless assistance programs. HIP is also the lead agency for the County's Homeless Continuum of Care, a network of organizations, advocates, residents and businesses that plan programs to help alleviate homeless in Broward County. The goal is to end veteran homelessness and chronic homelessness by 2017, and family and youth homelessness by 2020. For more information, call 954-357-6101 or visit Homeless Services.