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Volunteers Needed for Atlanta's Homeless Registry

The goal is to create a by-name registry of the city's homeless, enabling organizers to prioritize those most vulnerable and at risk of dying on the street so their needs can be met.

The City of Atlanta is seeking hundreds of volunteers to participate in the Atlanta Homeless Registry – a large-scale effort to survey people sleeping in unsheltered locations and emergency shelters.

The goal of the Atlanta Homeless Registry is to create a by-name registry of the city's homeless, enabling organizers to prioritize those most vulnerable and those at risk of dying on the street so that they can be connected with housing and services that meet their needs.

Primary volunteer opportunities include:

  • Thursday, January 17, 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.: Conduct surveys in emergency shelters
  • Friday, January 18, 12 a.m. - 6 a.m. (greatest volunteer need): Conduct surveys in unsheltered locations

All volunteers will be provided with training and will be deployed on teams led by qualified outreach workers.

In addition to conducting surveys in emergency shelters and outdoor locations, volunteers area needed to assist with data entry and social media efforts related to the Homeless Registry. Click here for a complete list of volunteer opportunities.

The Atlanta Homeless Registry is organized by the office of Mayor Kasim Reed as part of the Unsheltered No More initiative, United Way of Greater Atlanta, Central Atlanta Progress, and Hands On Atlanta. Unsheltered No More is a partnership between Mayor Reed and community leaders to dramatically reduce street homelessness in Atlanta.

For more information or to sign up, go to www.unshelterednomore.com/registry or contact Brandie Haywood at brandie.haywood@gmail.com.

Steve Smith January 04, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I've heard some bums actually don't wanna be helped is that true?
JM Hurricane January 04, 2013 at 06:42 PM
Next step Ravensbruck or Birkenau. Tagged and numbered on the forearm.
Ty Griffin January 04, 2013 at 06:59 PM
I wonder what "federal" money this is targeting??
Michael January 04, 2013 at 07:31 PM
I went out on the street in Midtown Christmas morning. I saw people sleeping in doorways and walking up and down the street at 7am. I don't know why so many homeless people end up downtown. I do know that my home State would not allow anyone to stay on the streets during the winter; period. However, Massachusetts is a lot colder this time of year. #Steve, I believe it is true that many don't want help because they've become used to the lifestyle. Additionally, there are many who have mental health issues. Mental health is something that society tends to look past because it doesn't present itself as a physical manifestation. We tend to assume they're just going through something and they'll come out of it one day.

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