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Volunteers needed for Point-in-Time count

Volunteers needed for Point-in-Time count

FRESNO – The Fresno Madera Continuum of Care (FMCoC) is preparing for its annual Point-in-Time Count and is looking for volunteers.

FMCoC is the local body tasked with providing comprehensive, coordinated homeless housing and services delivery system. The agency’s goal is to end chronic, Veteran and all homelessness.

To assist homeless persons to make the critical transition from homelessness to independent or supportive permanent housing, the FMCoC must understand the regions homeless population.

To do so, during the last 10 days of January, the FMCoC conducts a Point-in-Time count to get a statistically reliable, unduplicated count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families in Fresno and Madera Counties.

Volunteers must be trained before being sent out to canvas Fresno and Madera County streets and shelters to survey the county’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families.

This data is assists the agency in understanding the extent of homelessness and changes among this population, measure local performance and progress toward ending homelessness, plan future services and resources, comply with reporting requirements from funders and generate public awareness and education.

In-person trainings in Fresno will be:

  • 2 - 4 p.m. and 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 23 at the Nielsen Center at 3110 W. Nielsen Ave.
  • 10 a.m. to noon Jan. 25 at the Nielsen Center, 3110 W. Nielsen Ave, Fresno.

Volunteers will participate:

  • Tally count: 5 p.m. to midnight, Jan. 28
  • Survey Day 1: 5 p.m. to midnight, Jan. 29
  • Survey Day 2: 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 30

Meet at the VFW Post 8900, 3585 N. Blythe Ave. Register online at http://bit.ly/fresnopit2020.

For questions regarding volunteering in Fresno, contact Gabriela McNiel at WestCare California, Inc., 1900 N. Gateway Blvd., Suite 100, Fresno, at 251-4800 Ext. 20917 or by cell, 970-8477 or at info.ca@westcare.com.

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