Volunteeres sought for a census of the homeless

Society's most vulnerable need to stand up and be counted

Representatives of various community organizations that make up the Oceanside Task Force on Homeless.

Representatives of various community organizations that make up the Oceanside Task Force on Homeless.

The Oceanside Task Force on Homeless is doing an important survey and they need volunteers to help with a one day count.

“We need to do the count so that we have specific information that will help us to determine not only how many homeless are in the Oceanside region, but also why they are homeless,” said Parksville communications officer Debbie Tardiff.

They need 40 to 50 volunteers to work in groups of three for shifts throughout the May 30 count. The teams will be at local food banks and soup kitchen as well as out in the field, dividing the large region into sections.

Volunteers, with a team leader, will ask questions about what is preventing the individuals from getting a home, what would help them to find housing and/or work and what services they use.

This is the first ever formal homeless count for Oceanside and it will provide key information for the task force’s future work, funding applications and tracking changes. Information on the individuals surveyed will be strictly confidential.

The task force, chaired by Parksville councillor Sue Powell, was formed in June 2010 with many organizations and service providers in the region.

 Call Tardiff at 250-954-3073 or e-mail communications@parksville.ca to arrange training on May 17.

 

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