GILA COUNTY — January brings the annual nationwide census of homeless people, and volunteers are needed for the Jan. 21-26 tally. An accurate count is particularly important this year, supporting efforts such as the Gila County Task Force on Homelessness by providing up-to-date numbers of our homeless population: statistical information that will prove increasingly crucial during 2020 and 2021 to obtain state and federal funding for local programs that can help lift people from the cycles of poverty and homelessness.
To volunteer, or to share helpful and specific information about places where homeless people can reliably be found or camped call Community Action Program Case Manager Allison Torres at 928-402-8699 or email
Volunteers are partnered with experienced outreach workers or service providers to work as survey teams. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, but no experience is required — volunteers will be trained on the survey process as well as strategies for engaging with people. An accurate count is essential for Gila County, updated numbers help social service workers plan ahead for seasonal needs of the homeless population - plus statistical backup when applying for grant money.
If your church, organization or business has contact with homeless people who should be counted, Torres also has surveys available and will provide them if you call her at 928-402-8699.