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Volunteers needed for Tempe's Point-in-Time Homeless Count Jan. 28

Sign up by Jan. 20 to support this community effort

Post Date:01/10/2020 3:30 PM

The City of Tempe is looking for 25 more volunteers to take part in the regional Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count Jan. 28 to help determine how many people are experiencing homelessness during a specific window of time. 

Volunteers work in teams and canvas the city from 5 a.m. – noon, using a mobile app to count and interview people who are homeless. They also hand out information about community services, snacks, pet supplies and other items. Teams are outside for up to seven hours, depending on how long it takes to cover the assigned area. 

Volunteers who have never taken part in the PIT count must attend a volunteer training session at 4 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road.

Interested volunteers should sign up no later than Jan. 20 by contacting Nicky Stevens, the city’s homeless solutions supervisor, at Nichole_Stevens@tempe.gov. Once the spots are filled, Stevens may have other volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

The one-day homeless count takes place in cities across Maricopa County and is part of a national effort that is crucial to capturing data that can help identify trends and drive solutions.

“It's heartwarming that every year, on a cold January morning, Tempe residents come together to help us gather the data we need to better serve our street neighbors,” said Tempe Vice Mayor Lauren Kuby, who regularly participates in the count. “Volunteers help us match our programs to community needs but also learn firsthand about the challenges our homeless community faces.”

For more information about Tempe’s homeless-related efforts: www.tempe.gov/endinghomelessness.

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