Volunteers are needed to help with the 2020 Southern Nevada Homeless Census, which will count unsheltered individuals experiencing homelessness in the Las Vegas Valley during the day on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
Volunteers will be asked to work at least one, four-hour shift, with the earliest starting at 4 a.m. and the latest starting at 1 p.m. During their shift, volunteers will be assigned to groups of three or more who will walk or drive assigned areas to count the homeless and conduct short surveys of any homeless individuals who are amenable to being interviewed.
Anyone interested in volunteering is asked to visit www.helphopehome.org/volunteer for information about the count and to select a shift and preferred area. A 30-minute training video will be made available for volunteers to complete online, prior to the count and at their own convenience. Count organizers are hoping for more than 600 volunteers.
This is the first year our homeless count will be conducted entirely during the day. Previous counts were largely conducted during the overnight hours. The change is intended to increase the number of surveys of homeless individuals done during the count, previously the surveys were done after the count. Organizers also hope the change will allow more people to volunteer.
The homeless census is a qualifying requirement for grants that provide more than $13 million annually to local organizations that provide homeless services and programs.
The count also provides important information about the homeless in our community and the need for programs and services for this vulnerable population.