Volunteers are needed for important efforts regarding city’s homeless population
Louisville, KY (January 16, 2018) — The Coalition for the Homeless, in partnership with Centerstone, has scheduled the 2018 Homeless Street Count for Thursday, January 25, from 4am-6am. Conducted each year in January, the goal of the Street Count is to verify the number of people sleeping outdoors in Metro Louisville. The Coalition and its partnering homeless service providers rely heavily on volunteers for this effort and need hundreds of volunteers to help conduct the count again this year.
“The more volunteers we have – the more areas we can cover, and the greater our chances are of getting an accurate count,” says Natalie Harris, Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless. “The Street Count is a key part of making sure we are reaching the right people in our efforts.”
Anyone interested in participating can sign up at www.louhomeless.org. All volunteers will need to attend a mandatory training session on Wednesday, January 24, from 6pm-7pm at Hotel Louisville, located at 120 West Broadway. They will then meet at Hotel Louisville just before 4am on the morning of Thursday, January 25 to break out into 4-person teams and conduct the survey. After searching known homeless locations all over the county, volunteers are invited back to Hotel Louisville for a warm breakfast, provided by Aetna.
An accurate count is important in order to help our community plan how to best dedicate resources to the most vulnerable Louisvillians. In 2018, the Coalition and a committee of over 50 local providers aims to end homelessness among young adults age 18-24. Over the past several years, Metro Louisville has been successful in lowering the number of chronic street homeless and homeless veterans within our community due to concerted effort and funding for housing targeted to these populations.
About the Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition for the Homeless, located at 1300 S. 4th Street, Suite 250, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Louisville. The Coalition has a three-pronged approach to this mission: advocacy, education, and coordination of their 30+ member agencies who provide a variety of services to the homeless throughout the city. For more information, visit www.louhomeless.org, call (502) 636-9550, or find The Coalition for the Homeless on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/LouHomeless or on Twitter @louhomeless.