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Volunteers needed for census of Lubbock's homeless

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock volunteers will be counting the number of homeless out on the streets in a couple of weeks for a state-wide survey.

Final numbers will be used to get grant money from the federal government to provide services for the Hub City's less fortunate.

On Wednesday night, volunteers were getting some tips on how to approach the homeless and get them to participate.

We all know about the homeless staying out at tent city or in shelters, but there are others spread out all over the city.

On Jan. 26, for about two hours, volunteers will be searching around town to ask the homeless to answer questions on this survey.

"This is an opportunity. A volunteer can come and help," said Mary Guetersloh with the South Plains Homeless Consortium.

At Wednesday's training session volunteers took notes and prepared to take to the streets.

Last year nearly a hundred people gave up their time to help ask the homeless the questions.

We asked Guetersloh for examples of the questions volunteers would need to ask.

"Are you single, are you by yourself, what do you find the obstacles to not being sheltered?"

Their responses allow organizations to get their hands on means to help.

"Grants for permanent supportive housing, that [money] had to have come from previous surveys," Guetersloh said.

Only a handful showed up on Wednesday, but organizers say they're not worried, thanks to help from churches and groups that already feed the homeless on a weekly basis

"If you've got a trust base at these feeding locations or at shelters they're more willing to cooperate and give you the information," Guetersloh told us.

For the homeless out in other areas, volunteers will pound the pavement on Jan. 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. to find the others.

"Many of them have stayed around the bus station they create their own camping grounds," said trainer Susan Mohler.

Hope Community of Shalom

2005 Avenue T

806-762-0829

Times/Date of required training:

5:30 p.m. - Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012

10 a.m. - Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012

11 a.m. - Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012

*NEW DATE: 7 p.m. - Tuesday, Jan. 24. 2012

Copyright 2012 KCBD NewsChannel 11

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