Volunteers are needed to help with the 2017 Southern Nevada Homeless Census, which will count the homeless in the Las Vegas Valley on Jan. 24 and 25.
"The annual count of the homeless in our community provides a snapshot of the challenges we continue to face," Clark County Social Service Department Director Michael Pawlak said. "Also, by completing the count every year, our community qualifies for federal grants that support housing, job training and other programs that can help move homeless individuals off the streets."
Volunteers are needed to help with the overnight count of the homeless population from 10 p.m. on Jan. 24 to 4 a.m. on Jan. 25.
Volunteers are also needed to help with the homeless youth count from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Jan. 25.
Any individual or community group interested in volunteering to help count the homeless is encouraged to register online through http://helphopehome.org/volunteer/.
Volunteers will be asked to attend one of three training sessions being held on Jan. 19 from 8-9 a.m., noon-1 p.m., and 5:45-6:45 p.m. in Commission Chambers at the County Government Center, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas. (The training is not mandatory but is highly recommended.)
We are especially in need of volunteers who have smart phones and volunteers with cars who are able to drive their team around one of the areas being counted. To carry out the census, volunteers will be assigned to teams and deployment centers. The volunteers will leave from the deployment centers to count the homeless population in designated areas without interacting with or disturbing the homeless individuals.
This is the tenth countywide effort to conduct a person-by-person count of the homeless in Clark County. The 2016 homeless census found 6,208 homeless people staying in shelters or on the streets over two nights in January, and estimated that more than 30,000 people experience homelessness in Southern Nevada throughout the year. The homeless census was a qualifying requirement for grants that provided more than $12 million last year to local programs that help the homeless. For more information about the homeless census, go to www.helphopehome.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (702) 455-5832.