Volunteers Help Count The Homeless Across The Santa Clarita Valley

26 January, 2018, 01:48 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Mayor Eric Garcetti gives Maurine "Mo" Chandler, 53, a hug as he visits her camp in the Valley Plaza neighborhood where she lives with her dog Mia as he kicks off the homeless count in North Hollywood on Tuesday night, January 23, 2018.

"NJ Counts 2018 showcases local communities' work to end homelessness by illustrating the depth and breadth of the need for housing resources", Taiisa Kelly, senior associate with Monarch Housing, said in a statement.

Twelve people in the Fox Cities were found sleeping outdoors as part of a count to identify the level of housing insecurity in the area. The data collected from the count also enables the city to assess the size and characteristics of the homeless population in order to help develop and enhance strategies for preventing and ending homelessness. This year, Rodriquez said that there are a good amount of volunteers, so they're expecting to get accurate numbers with more boots on the ground.

Formerly the Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville, Changing Homelessness is the lead homelessness prevention agency for Clay, Duval and Nassau counties. This national census of homeless persons takes place each January.

Both the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the County of Los Angeles use the results to determine the amount of funds that will go towards programs created to assist the homeless populations in local areas.

The Homeless Alliance is teaming up with the City and the Coalition to End Poverty to conduct the survey.

"Most of our homeless that are out in the winter like this - they're pretty familiar with the resources where to go".

"We expect to have preliminary numbers next month", said Straughan. A total of 43 persons in 43 households were identified as chronically homeless.

Cranston said they've always seen young people who are housing unstable or homeless at JASMYN.

The count begins at 5:30 p.m. and wraps up Friday morning for a feeding event at Tulsa's Iron Gate at 501 South Cincinnati. They connect you with a counselor who helps you overcome emotional troubles, an agency that helps you discover monetary benefits that you did not realize you were eligible to receive, and a job skills training facility that helps you develop vital skills for specific jobs in your area.

Officials say the study will help evaluate progress and figure out what the City of Tulsa's needs are moving forward.


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