Wednesday, January 18, 2012

100,000 Homes Campaign volunteers needed

The national 100,000 Homes Campaign is a grassroots effort to find and place the most vulnerable, long-term homeless individuals into 100,000 households across the country by July 2013. To learn more about the campaign, please click here and be inspired by these powerful videos: 100K Homes Introduction and 100K Homes Registry Week/
As part of Common Ground’s 100,000 Homes Campaign, the United Way of the Greater Triangle, the Orange County Partnership to End Homelessness and the Wake County Partnership to End Homelessness are planning a week-long effort called Registry Week to identify and help persons who are homeless obtain and sustain permanent housing.
The goal of Orange and Wake Counties’ Registry Week is to create a by-name registry of people living on our streets and in shelters, enabling us to prioritize those who have significant medical issues and have been homeless the longest. The vulnerability index is administered in the form of a survey, which captures a homeless individual’s health and the duration of his/her homelessness. This ranking allows those with the most severe health risks to be identified and prioritized for housing and other support. What we learn together during Registry Week will help us reduce chronic homelessness in Wake and Orange counties.
The campaign is recruiting dedicated volunteers to canvass streets and shelters to survey the most vulnerable homeless individuals and families. To ensure the most accurate count possible, we will survey individuals during the early morning and evening hours for three consecutive days. The survey findings will be presented at a community debriefing at the conclusion of Registry Week on Friday, Jan. 27.

Volunteer Opportunities:
Sunday, Jan. 22, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Participate in a mandatory volunteer training session at the New Hope Fire Station, 4700 N.C. 86 South in Chapel Hill
Monday, Jan. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Survey homeless people staying in shelters in Orange County.
Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.
Survey unsheltered homeless people at meal distribution locations in Hillsborough and Chapel Hill.
Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 24 and 25, from 4 to 7 a.m.
Take to the streets to survey Orange County’s homeless; we kindly ask that volunteers commit to participating both mornings.

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