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1 Homeless Count Developed by Sharing the San Diego Story project Presented by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless

2 Original Partners in the Count Point Loma Nazarene University, Regional Task Force on the Homeless, Inc. Institute for Public Health – San Diego State University Many Member agencies of the Regional Continuum of Care Council Law Enforcement – Homeless Outreach Teams Individuals and Volunteers from Churches, other Civic groups Funded by a grant by Alliance Helathcare Foundation

3 Why ? To provide current and accurate information on the homeless throughout San Diego County..To provide current and accurate information on the homeless throughout San Diego County.. Provide agencies with homeless data to be used in federal and state grant applicationsProvide agencies with homeless data to be used in federal and state grant applications Provide an updated profile of the homeless in San DiegoProvide an updated profile of the homeless in San Diego An annual count is required to receive federal funds usually $8- 15 million. Assist in local and regional planning Ensure services that benefit homeless people in San Diego County

4 QUALITY CONTROL Jobs: Decoys & Mini-Survey STREET SURVEY Jobs: Survey Volunteer FOLLOW UP Jobs: Data Entry Analysis STREET COUNT Jobs: Enumerators HOMELESS COUNT 2008

5 Your Job as a Counter Basic InstructionsBasic Instructions –There may be an area team Leader –Establish teams of two persons –One member of team wears ‘the T shirt’, visibly –Teams go to locations identified on the map provided –Use guidelines to locate apparently homeless persons –Mark Tally sheet for each person or enclosure (tent, leanto, cardboard box) –Mark ON THE MAP, locations homeless were observed –Note unusual conditions; other teams in area; etc. –Initial Tally sheet –Enter Tally information ON-LINE –Return sheets to RTFH or Agency

6 Maps/Tally Forms Maps are available on-lineMaps are available on-line –www.rtfhsd.org/pit.html Choose an area that you would like to count inChoose an area that you would like to count in –Navigate through the pages to desired area –Click on the map of the area you want A Tally Form will download to your computerA Tally Form will download to your computer –Currently in Word 2003 format Print the tally form ON ONE PAGEPrint the tally form ON ONE PAGE COMPLETE the online survey of maps takenCOMPLETE the online survey of maps taken

7 ON-LINE Tally Form Link will be provided with passwordLink will be provided with password –http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=66z7MS7RdkDwT5FFO2qQww_3d_3d Follow instructions on SurveyFollow instructions on Survey If no homeless persons were counted, enter ZERO ( 0 ), do not leave blankIf no homeless persons were counted, enter ZERO ( 0 ), do not leave blank Enter any comments, unusual situations, notes to me, etc…Enter any comments, unusual situations, notes to me, etc… One survey must be completed for each map takenOne survey must be completed for each map taken

8 Your Job as a Decoy Basic InstructionsBasic Instructions –Individuals or teams of two –Dress casually –Teams go to locations identified in general area –Watch for someone in ‘the T shirt’ to come by –Stay Alert. If no one comes, mark a tally sheet as not counted –If you become distracted, and no one comes, mark sheet as not observed –Return sheets to RTFH or Agency

9 Your Job in Mini-Survey Assigned service locationAssigned service location Teams of two personsTeams of two persons Administer mini-survey at designated locationAdminister mini-survey at designated location Contact every fourth apparently homeless adultContact every fourth apparently homeless adult Document results and return sheetsDocument results and return sheets

10 What if ? If I see a tent or box should I look inside to be sure someone is in it?If I see a tent or box should I look inside to be sure someone is in it? – NO. If someone asks what I am doing, what should I say?If someone asks what I am doing, what should I say? –Say that you are helping to see how many people need housing or shelter. –Give contact information, –See training sheet. What if the person reacts negatively to my presence?What if the person reacts negatively to my presence? –Stay calm and be polite – which means letting the person have space, leave the area. –Make a note on the tally sheet that you had to leave the area.


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