The count, which will will take place on Thursday, January 27 from 7PM to 12 AM, is necessary for SF to qualify for federal funds for homeless services and to “get better data, better information that will allow us to make smarter decisions about how we allocate our resources to end homelessness in San Francisco,” San Francisco’s homeless policy director Dariush Kayhan told KCBS.
Volunteers will be trained starting at 7 Thursday, after a rumored address from Mayor Ed Lee. After that, volunteers will be “assigned routes, counting homeless individuals observed on the street across the city. Depending on the area, some volunteers will walk, and some will drive” says the Board.
They still needed 150 volunteers as of last night, says KCBS, so if this is something you can do, you’re urged to look over volunteer duties here, then call (415) 558-2346 or email HomelessCount@sfgov.org to sign up.