Volunteers Conduct Homeless Census

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

To better understand homelessness, dozens of volunteers spent all of Monday from the early morning to late at night conducting a census of the homeless in Tallahassee. It's called the "Homeless Point-in-Time Count and Survey" and was conducted at several sites throughout the city, including emergency shelters, free clinics, labor pools and makeshift camps.

The Big Bend Homeless Coalition says this procedure estimates the number of homeless people at any given time, it helps with the planning of homeless services in Tallahassee and provides public information about the homeless population.

Charles Ervin, Ph.D. with the Big Bend Homeless Coalition said, "When they train the students, for the most part the volunteers, to go out and look for the locations that they're going to find homeless families, they try to prepare them for a number of different kind of scenarios that students might face when they go out there."

Erin Carloni, a census volunteer said, "I'm here just because a lot of us just want to get involved with helping out and there's so many opportunities to do that here and it's just a really good cause."

Census results may take a few months, but staff can say that right now unemployment is the most common cause of homelessness.

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