In late January 2009 Santa Monica partnered with the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) on a complete, city-wide count of homeless people. The 2009 effort was part of LAHSA’s biannual project, which is required by the Federal government. Data from the 2009 Santa Monica Homeless Count has helped us demonstrate a reduction in homelessness (8% from 2007 to 2009) and the tangible effects of our Action Plan to Address Homelessness, local programs and initiatives. Beyond demonstrating a reduction in homelessness, last year’s effort was a such a success in terms of volunteer engagement, community education and community building, that we’re doing it again!
Join the Santa Monica Police Chief, the Santa Monica Fire Chief and the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce in supporting this effort.
We will need 200 plus volunteers to conduct the Count.
This is a great opportunity to become more hands-on and engaged in local efforts to address homelessness.
Spread the word and encourage your friends, family members and colleagues to join in.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Teams of 2-3 people will survey Santa Monica’s streets and note homeless individuals.
Security will be provided and all volunteers will receive training.
Volunteers will be deployed from western and mid-city locations, on foot and in cars. Please indicate any preferences.
We will do our best to accommodate.
For more information or to RSVP, see the attached flyer, call (310) 458-8701 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
To learn more about the City’s efforts to address homelessness, go to www.homelessnessaction.smgov.net