Tri Jurisdictional Collaborative Homeless Census Volunteers Find the Homeless Sleeping on Storefronts, Behind Churches and Other Buildings
Volunteers spread out across Fulton, Dekalb and Atlanta early Tuesday morning January 29, 2013, to conduct a Census Count of the number of unsheltered homeless citizens as well as those in shelters. The count conducted by the Tri-Jurisdictional Collaborative, which includes Fulton, Dekalb and Atlanta began Monday, January 28, 2013, with volunteer registration and training at 11:30 p.m. The actual count was conducted from 1:00 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning.
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will use the totals from the count to determine the official number of homeless citizens in Fulton, Atlanta and Dekalb and to determine future funding allocations. A grant of over $10 million is awarded annually by HUD to the Tri-J each year. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary Jose Riojas and staff members also participated in the count.
The Tri-J Homeless census focuses on counting the unsheltered homeless who are sleeping in outdoor locations such as sidewalks, parks, encampments and under bridges. The unsheltered count by the Tri-J is considered by HUD as a national best practice. Additionally, the sheltered homeless who are staying in emergency shelters and transitional housing programs are included in the count. In 2011, 2,378 unsheltered homeless persons were counted along with 4,460 in shelters, which totaled 6,838 persons.
The count also looks at the demographic characteristics, homeless history and homeless experiences, which are reasons why the Tri-J conducts a Homeless Survey of approximately 700 homeless persons in the Tri-J area.
For more information, contact the Fulton County Housing and Human Services Department Office of Housing and Community Development at 404-613-7944.