Tempe takes part in regional homeless street count on January 23
The City of Tempe will take part in the 2018 Point-in-Time Homeless Street Count on Tuesday, Jan. 23; it is an annual street and shelter count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in the region, and has trained local volunteers to help.
Volunteers are deployed in groups of three to five to count and interview homeless individuals and families in specific geographic areas throughout Tempe. Typically, participation is from 5 a.m. to noon on the day of the count.
The information collected from the count is used in the Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress and is also referenced locally to help assess Tempe’s progress towards addressing the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
“We had good community participation last year with this project and will need about 75 trained individuals to help us with this year’s count,” said Kim Van Nimwegen, the city’s Homeless Solutions Coordinator.
For additional information, please contact Kim Van Nimwegen at Kim_VanNimwegen@tempe.gov or call 480-350-8856.
Homelessness in Tempe affects all of us. The issues surrounding homelessness encompass many of society’s most pervasive social concerns like hunger, displaced families, substance abuse, serious mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, and chronic health problems. The reasons for why people fall into homelessness are as varied and unique as the people themselves stemming from any number of factors like lack of education, limited job skills, no personal support systems, deep poverty, job loss and lack of affordable housing.
The HOPE team (Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort) provides one-on-one case management and connection to housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In addition HOPE provides traditional street outreach and engagement, housing locator services and assistance with helping section-8 housing clients (and others) to remain housed. View the HOPE services flier for more information on the service provided by the HOPE team. Download your own homeless services reference card for a quick list of local service providers.
Call the HOPE team at 480-858-7993 or 480-350-5844. HOPE is available from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm weekdays
Kim Van Nimwegen, Homeless and Fair Housing Coordinator, 480-350-8856 Kim_VanNimwegen@tempe.gov