Thursday, January 14, 2016

We Need 750!

As you know, on Thursday night, January 21, 2016, 8:00pm-1:00am, the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance (MDHA) will be conducting its annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count. 

In order to conduct a full and accurate count of the unsheltered homeless, MDHA will need 750 volunteers, registered as teams of 3-5 persons. How did we arrive at that number? We're glad you asked! Strap on your thinking caps:

The City of Dallas has been divided into 193 counting routes:
  • There are 48 Tier 1 routes that we have identified as having 4 or more encampments (an encampment can be 1 or more persons).
  • There are 69 Tier 2 routes that we have identified as having 1-3 encampments (smaller encampments, no tent cities).
  • The balance are Tier 3 routes that have not had any recent reports of homelessness, but we wish to canvass to identify any new encampments, youth staying in 24 hour restaurants overnight, or families in cars in store parking lots that might not draw the attention of street outreach.
Now, 193 routes times an average of 4 persons per counting team equals 772. So, with 750 volunteers, we will get Dallas near full Coverage.
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