San Jose Volunteers Trained For Homeless Census

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Bay Area counties are getting ready for the biennial homeless count. Training kicked off Thursday in San Jose. The Homeless Census and Survey employs a number of homeless people like Andrew Molina to work as expert guides.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

”I’ve been homeless for three years,” said Molina. “I’ve been all over San Jose, and the homeless are under freeways, and not only that but also inside of freeways.”

Peter Connery, vice president of Applied Survey Research, who was conducing the training, said it’s critical that counties get an accurate number.

”Agencies throughout the county use the data to measure their progress towards ending homelessness,” said Connery. “They also measure the needs of the homeless for their service delivery planning.”

The count will be conducted in San Jose next Tuesday and Wednesday night. The last census found 7,000 people in need of shelter on any given night.

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  1. DONALD ARDEN NEMEYER says:

    I HAVE BEEN HOMELESS FOR OVER 10 YEARS IN SANTA CLARA COUNTY AND FOR THESE AGENCIES TO DO A COUNT OF THE HOMELESS IS A SLAP IN THE FACE AND VERY DISRESPECTFUL TO ALL THE HOMELESS THEY COUNT. THEY SAY THEY ARE COUNTING THE HOMELESS IN ORDER TO GET MORE MONEY OR TO START PROGRAMS. THAT IS A BUNCH OF GARBAGE. ESPECIALLY WHEN EHCLIFEBUILDERS,, ONE OF SANTA CLARA COUNTY BIGGEST SHELTER PROGRAMS IS CUTTING AIDE BECAUSE OF BUDGET CUTS WHEN THEY SAY THEY ARE NON-PROFIT, THEY ARE ONLY OUT TO HELP THE ONES WHO HAVE MONEY, WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OUT ON THE STREET WHO DONT HAVE AN INCOME, THEY ARE LEFT TO LIVE AND DIE ON THE STREETS WHILE THEY SIT BACK IN THERE NICE WARM COZY APARTMENT OR HOUSE SITTING BACK RELAXING. AND WHY IS IT YOU ONLY HEAR ABOUT THE HOMELESS DURING THE HOLIDAYS? HOMELESSNESS IS A EPEDEMIC, LIKE A DIESESE WHICH IS NOT GOING TO GO AWAY UNTIL THESE PEOPLE IN POWER GET THERE HEADS OUT OF THERE A__ AND START CARING. AND WHY IS IT YOU MEDIA GIANTS LIKE CHANNEL 5 ONLY REPORT ON THESE STORIES WHEN TIMES LIKE THESE HAPPEN. HOMELESSNESS IS NEVER GOING TO GO AWAY IT IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE A PART OF LIFE.

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