It is once again time to conduct the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) annual homeless count and census. The census is conducted each year in the last week of January so that Dallas and Collin Counties can collect information on homeless residents. With MDHA’s renewed commitment to end Chronic Homelessness by 2014 and the opening of the Bridge Homeless Assistance Center in May of 2008, the Homeless Count and Census allows us to monitor our progress in achieving this goal. The Census helps us to complete a needs assessment for the community and encourage the development of programs to fill identified gaps. The information compiled during the census is also used by several interested groups, including non-profit organizations, faith-based groups, media outlets and various departments in Federal, State and local government.
DATE: Thursday, January 27, 2011
TIME: 5:30 P.M. sign-in
LOCATION: Dallas City Hall – 1500 Marilla, L1 F North Auditorium Park in City Hall underground parking (entrance traveling east on Young Street). Enter through the GREEN door.
HOW TO HELP: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. Those conducting the census should remember to wear clothing appropriate to the weather, comfortable shoes, bring a flashlight, writing pen, and clipboard. Training on how to conduct the census will be provided for volunteers on the night of the Count. Volunteers will sign-in from 5:30 – 6:15 p.m., and training will begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance at 214-670-1112 or PMaroney@MDHADallas.org