The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services (DFSS) is preparing to conduct a one-night, point-in-time count of homeless individuals living in shelters and on the street on Tuesday, January 25, 2011 from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. DFSS and its supporting agencies need your help.

The City of Chicago is required to conduct the Point-In-Time Homeless Count every two years in order to gather data on the homeless as a basis for federal funding. The count also provides valuable information the City uses in planning for homeless services, and raises public awareness about homelessness in Chicago.

The last Point-In-Time Homeless Count, held in 2009, was supported by more than 500 volunteers who surveyed 5,356 people in shelters and 884 on the streets.

In order to conduct an equally comprehensive count, DFSS is again hoping to enlist volunteers in 2011 to ensure adequate coverage. With the support of City departments, sister agencies, numerous homeless service providers, advocates, and formerly homeless volunteers, DFSS is asking for your help. Volunteers will be partnered with an experienced team member to count and survey homeless individuals and families on the street in every community area of the city.

DFSS will provide four information sessions for volunteers beginning on January 13 through January 19. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Adriana D. Camarda with the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services at 312-743-0250 or email

Thank you in advance for your support.