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Calling on Volunteers to Conduct a Homeless Survey

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Volunteers from Charlottesville will be hitting the streets this week to survey the number of homeless people in the area.

It's all for the Point-in-Time homeless survey. Each year organizations get together to create a snapshot assessment of the homeless population. This year it's being conducted by the Open Knowledge Collaborative and the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless.

Volunteers will be conducting a head count of the homeless population and speaking to homeless individuals who are willing to participate. The information will be given to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which is a major grant provider.

The organizations conducting this year's survey are in need of volunteers to help interview, survey and record the data. Organizer Erin Briggs, who is also a case manager at The Crossings, says this is a great way for people to get involved and learn about life on the streets.

"So we know locally who's in our community. Our community is made up of multiple different types of people and we want to make sure that everyone's being recognized," Briggs said.

Organizers say participation is safe, and that volunteers work in pairs. There's a training session on Tuesday, January 22 for those interested in volunteering. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. at The Crossings at Fourth and Preston. The actual survey will take place later this week on Thursday and Friday.

For more information, contact the Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless, at 434-973-1234 or send mail to P.O. Box 34, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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