We are trying to recruit some RPCVs to assist with the City of Chicago Point-In-Time Homeless Count on the Northeast side of Chicago. Volunteers will comb the NE side of Chicago in small teams and interview Homeless folk that we find on the street to collect data on Wed Jan 22 from 8pm to 2am. Participation can be a learning experience and thought-provoking experience.
RPCVs may not necessarily be in a group with other RPCVs, as teams are grouped based on experience with the Count and experience working with Homeless persons. You can expect to be outside much of the night and need to dress warmly, although you will drive between locations.
If you are interested & want to sign up, please email Beth Tumiel directly. She will reply with additional volunteer information. Please email CAPCA Board member Caitlin Johnson also, as an FYI, so that we know how many CAPCA members to expect. If you would like to know more about what to expect, feel free to email CAPCA member Marcy Huttas with any specific questions.
About the Count:
The Point-in-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to gather data on the number of individuals who are homeless as a basis for federal funding, service/resource planning and to raise public awareness about homelessness. Usually, the count occurs on odd years. This year, the city got money from the federal government to conduct a cont on the off year. Mercy Housing Lakefront will be organizing the northeast Chicago portion of the count.
Why do we do the Point in Time Homeless Count?
- The data collected serves as the basis for federal funding decisions and service planning.
- The count also helps to raise awareness about homelessness.
When and Where?
- from 8pm to 2am
- on Wednesday, January 22nd
- Harold Washington Apartments: 4946 N. Sheridan
What is expected of a volunteer?
- Attend one information session in December or January.
- If you have participated in a count before (as many of you have), you are not required to attend a training.
- Arrive at Mercy Housing’s Harold Washington building (4946 N. Sheridan) at 8pm on January 22nd.
- Work in a team to drive around a designated area to count and survey those who are spending the night on the street.