|County’s homeless census and survey project under way today
The Sonoma County Community Development Commission (SCCDC) is coordinating the 2013 homeless census and survey project.
The Sonoma County Homeless Count 2013 will include actual street counts of all 99 census tracts in the county, as well as a shelter and institution count and surveys.
This morning (Jan. 25), 150 volunteers and paid homeless workers will meet at one of five deployment centers located throughout the county to receive their team and location assignment.
Teams will then canvass the streets on foot or by car, and tally all homeless persons in each defined area. A specialized effort will be undertaken in the afternoon to count adolescent and teenaged homeless youth.
The data from the street count will be supplemented by a survey of 600 homeless persons to be conducted over the following two weeks. Final results of the Count will be published in a report issued in April 2013.
Training sessions for enumerators, held over the past week, have shown there is tremendous community support for the project.
Persons who are currently homeless will be paid for their time, and coordinators are relying on their knowledge and experience to obtain more complete information for the count.
Scores of people from county departments and private, non-profit social service agencies, many of whom work with homeless persons, as well as dozens of concerned individuals and residents, will volunteer their time to work as site coordinators, team captains, and enumerators. SCCDC is coordinating the Sonoma County Homeless Count 2013 as part of its planning responsibilities as the lead agency for the Sonoma County Continuum of Care, the framework of shelter, housing, and services available to homeless persons in Sonoma County. About $2.6 million in federal grants comes to Sonoma County annually through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is requiring the count.
For more information, go to www.sonoma-county-homelesscount.wikispaces.com/home, or call 824-2852.