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Help needed to count Cowichan homeless

Social Planning Cowichan is looking for volunteer help to chart a census of Cowichan
Social Planning Cowichan is looking for volunteer help to chart a census of Cowichan's homeless.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Social Planning Cowichan is looking to nail down how many homeless folks are living in the Cowichan Valley.

But it needs volunteers to help come up with the numbers .

The volunteer commitment required includes a 2 1/2-hour training event in the weeks prior, and a four-hour shift on the evening of Feb. 17 or during the day on Feb. 18.

Interested participants must have good people skills, an interest in social issues, respectful demeanour, ability to read non-verbal cues, some familiarity with the geographic layout of the area, and a sense of humour.

Homelessness counts have become increasingly widespread as communities work to increase awareness and validate further action to reduce homelessness.

Count data is used in policy development, planning, and prioritizing services to address the needs of people who are homeless as well as provide insight into the local factors contributing to homelessness and the resources needed to assist people to transition from being homeless to being independently, safely and securely housed.

Results will be used by service providers, advocates, citizens and governments.

For more information, contact Greg Awai at 250-510-3574 or greg@blacktomato.ca.

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