UW News

January 12, 2006

Volunteers needed for annual homeless count

Partnership for Youth is looking for about 50 volunteers to participate in the annual count of those living on the streets in the University District. Volunteers will go out in teams on Jan. 27 to look for people who have nowhere to go at night.

The event is part of the One-Night-Count that occurs throughout Seattle/King County between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. In the U-District neighborhood, there is an orientation at the UW School of Social Work starting at 2 a.m. Groups of two or more are given assigned areas of the neighborhood and a tally sheet.

“The One-Night-Count is one of the only ways we can get an idea of how many people exist on our streets at night,” said PFY Director Rick Eberhardt. “We use this data to help plan for and get funding to support services for the homeless. The count is a very important community service.”

Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Eberhardt, re28@u.washington.edu, as soon as possible.