The Homeless Trust organizes 100 volunteers and outreach workers to count homeless adults and youth: January 22nd
What: The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is conducting its annual Point-in-Time Homeless Census with crucial counts taking place on January 22. All individuals and members of families who are homeless but currently sheltered, as well as all individuals sleeping on the streets, will be counted as part of the bi-annual “point-in-time” count coordinated by the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. While the Homeless Trust has been conducting these counts bi-annually for more than a dozen years, all communities across the country are required by US Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) to count their homeless on one day during the last ten days of January.
In addition, the Homeless Trust, in partnership with the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, is engaging in a weeklong census of unaccompanied, homeless youth ages 13-24, dubbed the “iCount.” The public has an important role to play in census efforts. Any person who knows of an unaccompanied homeless person 13-24 should encourage the youth to call 2-1-1 or visit www.icountmiami.com between January 22-28 where they can conduct an anonymous survey about their circumstances.
These “Point-In-Time” counts are designed to assist USHUD and The Homeless Trust in achieving their goal of ending homelessness.
“Miami-Dade’s homeless census operates like a well-oiled machine,” said the Chair of the Miami Dade County Homeless Trust, Ronald L. Book. “Outreach workers, providers and volunteers literally comb every single street by foot and by vehicle to find those who need our help. It’s a tedious and long process, but it is necessary to ensure we understand the trends and needs of the homeless in our community.”
Who: The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is the lead coordinating and funding agency for all efforts. The iCount youth census is done in partnership with the Miami Coalition for the Homeless, and includes the support of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Pridelines, LGBTQ Alliance, Educate Tomorrow, Lotus House, University of Miami School of Education & Human Development and Switchboard of Miami.
When: Teams are leaving at 10 pm, Thursday, January 22 and return early in the morning of Friday, January 23. The youth census continues from January 22–28.
Photo Ops: Homeless outreach teams and volunteers combing the streets overnight on the 22nd to count the homeless and collect data.
Where: Counts take place all over the County, from Homestead to North Miami. Contact Lisa Mozloom for exact meeting locations at 305-528-5341, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust: Founded in 1993, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding The Homeless Trust visit www.homelesstrust.org.