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Volunteer training for annual homeless street count

The City of Tempe will take part in the 2018 Point-in-Time Homeless Street Count, an annual street and shelter count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in the region, and is looking for local volunteers to help.  The actual count takes place the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 23; interested volunteers must take part in a required training session to be considered for the project.

There are two sessions at Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. Participants can choose either session and will receive project materials at that time.

Session One: Tuesday, Jan. 9, 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Session Two: Tuesday, Jan. 16, 6 to 7:30 p.m.   

Volunteers will be deployed in groups of three to five to count and interview homeless individuals and families in specific geographic areas throughout Tempe. Participation will typically be 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 and a volunteer registration form, visit or email

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