2011-01-21 / Community

Ulrich Urges Volunteers For Homeless Outreach

Councilmember Eric A. Ulrich is urging residents and community groups to participate in the annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) on Monday, January 31.

Now in its ninth year, the project is a critical part of the City’s Department of Homeless Services’ efforts to track the number of people living on streets throughout the five boroughs. Information compiled by approximately 3,000 volunteers is then used to evaluate the effectiveness of the department’s current strategies to overcome street homelessness and develop appropriate housing resources for the most vulnerable New Yorkers currently living without shelter. Last year’s outreach effort found that the number of individuals living on city streets is decreased by 29 percent since 2005.

Ulrich said, “Reducing the number of homeless individuals living on streets and improving housing opportunities should continue to be a top priority for the city. I urge any available residents to consider joining this effort, which goes a long way towards giving the Department of Homeless Services the tools it needs to continue making steps to eradicate this problem in New York City.”

Volunteers commit to assisting the Department overnight on Monday, January 31 from 10:30 p.m. until 4 a.m. A brief online training will be available upon registration and a more detailed training will be provided on the night of HOPE. For additional information or to register to volunteer, visit nyc.gov/dhs, call 212-607-5366 or e-mail hope@dhs.nyc.gov.

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