Volunteers Needed for 2014 Homeless Census on Jan. 23
Volunteers are needed to help with the annual homeless census in Thurston County on Thursday, January 23. Along with the call for volunteers to help with census and survey activities, this year’s census also needs volunteers for two homeless resource fair events where families and individuals struggling with homelessness can get hot meals, warm clothing and coats, other survival commodities, and where they can connect with social services. The homeless resource fair events in Olympia and Yelm and the other census activities are part of an annual nationwide “point in time” census that determines who is homeless, why and what resources are needed to help people get back to independence.
The annual Thurston County Homeless Census is coordinated by the City of Olympia, which has a contract with Thurston County to do the census. The results of the census are used to help guide federal, state and local funding decisions for local shelters, transitional housing, and related supportive services. The Thurston County HOME Consortium oversees the annual census and uses the data to help make recommendations for the multi-jurisdictional administration of the county’s housing programs. The consortium is comprised of elected officials from Bucoda, Olympia, Lacey, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, and Thurston County and is an advisory board to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners.