Volunteers are needed to help with the 2019 Southern Nevada Homeless Census, which will count the homeless in the Las Vegas Valley on Jan. 22 and 23.
"The annual count of the homeless in Southern Nevada provides important information about the homeless in our community and the need for programs and services for this vulnerable population," Clark County Social Service Department Director Michael Pawlak said. "The count also enables our community to receive federal grants to support housing, job training and other services that help people transition out of homelessness."
Volunteers are needed to help with the overnight count of the homeless population from 10 p.m. on Jan. 22 to 4 a.m. on Jan. 23.
Volunteers are also needed to help with the homeless youth count from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 23.
To register to volunteer for the overnight or the youth count go to www.helphopehome.org/volunteer. For questions about volunteering please email email@example.com.
Volunteers will be asked to attend a training session, which will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 in Commission Chambers at the County Government Building at 500 S. Grand Central Parkway in downtown Las Vegas.
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 eleventh countywide effort to conduct a person-by-person count of the homeless in Clark County. The 2017 homeless census found 6,083 people living in shelters or on the streets over two nights in January, and estimated that almost 17,000 people experience homelessness in Southern Nevada throughout the year. The homeless census was a qualifying requirement for grants that provided more than $13 million last year to local programs that help the homeless.