About a month ago the City Council received an update on the results of the one-day homeless count that was performed specifically in Alameda. Much as we suspected there wasn’t a lot of action on the City Council front after this presentation. Nonetheless, the count is an important tool to continue to gauge and monitor the level of need that exists in Alameda.
The Social Services Human Relations Board is conducting a follow-up to the count that was done last September and it’s coming up quickly. The purpose is to continue to track the non-housed homeless population in Alameda and what services they are currently accessing that are available. This should also help identify gaps in services as well.
As with all things, the SSHRB needs help, so this is a call for volunteers to help with the count. The count is conducted on one day only but super early. There is a commitment to a training prior to the actual count day. The count should take no more than two to three hours.
The actual count day is July 23, which is a Thursday, it starts early at 5:30 a.m. The training will occur on July 20, next Monday, at 6:30 p.m. at APC, 677 W. Ranger Ave. If you volunteer you will be part of a two to four person team, probably a mix of folks who have previously completed a count and newbies, and given a specific area to canvas.
If you are interested you can email Doug Biggs — I hesitate to post his email widely — but it’s first initial no space last name @apcollaborative.org