Volunteers work to change the picture of homelessness with HOPE
January 31, 2012 – Last night, a team from Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York joined forces with the New York City Department of Homeless Services’ to produce a point-in-time estimate of the unsheltered homeless population in NYC.
The Department of Homeless Services’ (DHS) annual Homeless Outreach Population Estimate (HOPE) draws on the support of more than 3,000 volunteers from across New York City to help count the number of New Yorkers living in public places such as streets, parks and subways. The information gathered by volunteers is critical in measuring the success of efforts to reduce street homelessness.
This year, Catholic Charities volunteer team was dedicated to helping count the homeless population in the Bronx. Team members gathered at two sites -- Lehman College and PS/IS 194 at 9:00 p.m. After training by DHS, volunteers worked together through the night – with work continuing until 4:00 a.m.
Catholic Charities staff members Luz Tavarez-Salazar and Richard Bertin served as the contacts from Catholic Charities and helped lead the two Bronx-based teams on this important project.
According to the HOPE 2012 website, the “vital information that is used by outreach teams to help homeless people leave the streets for a better life.”