July 5, 2013

100,000 Homes Campaign Seeks Volunteers to Survey Homeless Persons

Montgomery County joined the national 100,000 Homes Campaign recently with a kick off event at the Home Builders Care Assessment Center in Rockville.  The campaign seeks to find permanent housing for chronically homeless individuals and more than 300 volunteers are needed to join housing advocates and County officials in November to conduct a community-wide survey of those who are homeless.
Montgomery County’s effort to reduce homelessness and address the medical needs of those who regularly live on the County’s streets and in shelters takes on a new phase this year as the County government, County non-profit organizations, volunteers and elected officials join to participate in the national “100,000 Homes” campaign.

Local elected officials -- Councilmember George Leventhal, County Executive Ike Leggett and Council Vice-president Craig Rice -- recently joined representatives of the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH) and other organizations in offering details of the Montgomery “100,000 Homes” campaign.

A major step in finding permanent housing for the hundreds of Montgomery homeless people believed to be medically vulnerable or chronically homeless will be achieved through a countywide survey of those needing help and creating ways to help them move into permanent housing.

At least 200 to 300 volunteers are needed to help survey and identify the most vulnerable and chronically homeless individuals in our community, November 4 to 6. Training for volunteers will be held November 3.

Get more information about the 100,000 Homes Campaign.

Sign up as a volunteer.

Find out what else you can do to help end homelessness.

2 comments:

  1. Professor Frederic G. Robinson,Center for Applied Research and Urban Policy, University of the District of Columbia,[1985]conducted the study & published the "Homelessness in the District of Columbia: A National Dilemma". I cite this reference, Professor Robinson conducted the survey toward to end of the month. I note that you are proposing to conduct your survey on November 4th through the 6th. The is the first of the month when many homeless may have received Federal or State financial assistance which may enable them to secure lodging, thus impacting your count.

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  2. Thank you for your thoughtful comment on the timing of our survey. Our Department of Health and Human Services
    responds that "The population we wish to survey are medically vulnerable, chronically homeless who will not likely be leaving the streets even if they have cash early in the month as benefits come due. We repeat our survey to count all homeless along with other COG jurisdictions in January of each year, as well."

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