Volunteers needed for Jan. 23 homeless count
On Jan. 23, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) will lead the community’s Point In Time Count, an annual census of the homeless in Tarrant and Parker counties. Volunteers are needed as Fort Worth joins communities across the nation to count the homeless during the last 10 days of January.
TCHC coordinates the census and survey of the homeless not only to fulfill federal requirements for funding for a variety of homeless housing and supportive services, but also to understand changing trends, the extent and the nature of homelessness. The data will also assist in measuring the degree of success in ending homelessness.
On Jan. 23, volunteers will gather for mandatory training before deploying to the field. The count should conclude by midnight and will be held rain or shine. To assure the most accurate count with no duplicate counting, the count will be conducted late at night after emergency shelters have closed intake and unsheltered homeless people will begin retiring to their campsites or other outdoor locations.