January 9, 2014
Volunteer for the 2014 Homeless Count
How many people are homeless in Houston and who makes up this vulnerable population? How many are children? families? veterans? To help answer these questions, the City of Houston needs your help in supporting the annual Homeless Count conducted by the Coalition for the Homeless. Please participate in this important effort by volunteering for the Count!
The 2014 Homeless Count will take place on Thursday, January 23, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. and if needed, Thursday, January 30, 5:30 p.m. - 11:30 p.m., as a contingency count date. To register, simply fill out the registration form. Deadline to register is Wednesday, January 15, 2014.
Once registered to volunteer, you will be assigned to one of the ten staging areas in Houston to count. On Thursday, January 16, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., required training will be available at all ten locations. Assignments are based on your preference and the volunteer need. To view the training staging areas, visit http://www.homelesshouston.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/2014-PIT-Staging-Area-List.pdf.
The annual Homeless Count is a requirement of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the local Continuum of Care funding process which brought more than $23,000,000 to our community in the 2013 fiscal year. The Homeless Count also helps measure the progress on ending homelessness in Houston and has documented a 28% decrease from January 2011 to January 2013.
For information on how to participate in the Homeless Count, contact Gary Grier, Director of Community Engagement, Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County at email@example.com or call 832.531.6006.
To learn more about the Mayor's Homeless Initiatives, contact Anna Pena in the Mayor's Citizens' Assistance Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 832.393.0955.
Earn Cash for Your Neighborhood Organization
City of Houston civic clubs, super neighborhoods and other community organizations can compete to earn cash through the annual competition sponsored by Neighborhoods USA (NUSA). The City of Houston is slated to host the 2015 NUSA conference.
For consideration a determination of eligibility, visit http://www.nusa.org/nusa-awards/award-application/. A completed application is due by Saturday, February 1, 2014.
NUSA, the largest nonprofit in America committed to neighborhoods, awards prizes in the following categories each year: Neighborhood of the Year, Best Neighborhood Program, and Who's Who in America's Neighborhoods. Civic clubs and neighborhood associations can showcase their efforts to keep Houston a beautiful and exciting place to live by submitting nominations for a program or project that qualifies in any of the above mentioned categories.
For more information about application procedures, costs and more, visit http://www.nusa.org/nusa-awards/award-application/ or contact Margaret Wallace Brown at Margaret.WallaceBrown@houstontx.gov or 713.837.7701.
For more information about the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods. For more information about the City of Houston Planning and Development Department, visit www.houstonplanning.com.