GROW SD To Participate in the 2017 Homeless Count
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Every year, the South Dakota Housing Development Authority conducts a one-day count of homeless persons in the state. The count is mandated by HUD. This year, SDHDA contracted with the four CAP agencies in the state to coordinate counts in their service areas, and GROW SD will support the 17 NESDCAP counties. The results of the count are used both to identify the problem and to request funds to address it. The date for this year’s count is January 24.
Less than half of South Dakota’s counties participated in the 2016 count, and only eight of NESDCAP’s 17 counties did. To increase participation, GROW SD is contacting potential agencies and volunteers in the counties to assist with local counts. In general, local homeless shelters and law enforcement are the first line in locating the homeless and conducting surveys with them. The count includes a survey of individual homeless people as well as a survey of shelters. The surveys can be done via paper or a mobile app. All data collected will go to SDHDA for reporting nationally.
People interested in supporting the count in their county should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The NEDSCAP counties are: Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully and Walworth.
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