The purpose of this week-long effort is to count those who are in need of housing and, of those, identify the most medically vulnerable.
Tuesday, January 29th 2013 – Friday, February 1st
Hours before sun rise in the Duke City on Tuesday morning, nearly one hundred volunteers, law enforcement officials and Albuquerque Heading Home representatives will gather downtown at the Metropolitan Homelessness Project headquarters. From there they will form teams, pick up supplies and be the year’s first group to canvass the streets, emergency shelters and other social service locations in search of residents currently experiencing homelessness. The purpose of this week-long effort is to count those who are in need of housing and, of those, identify the most medically vulnerable.
Survey Week is essential to the success of Albuquerque Heading Home, launched in early 2011 as a community-wide initiative under the leadership of Mayor Richard J. Berry’s administration and local not-for-profit organizations. The initiative provides an infrastructure and implementation process for eliminating homelessness through community engagement across public and private sectors. The blueprint contains five central pillars, critical for preventing and ending homelessness: Housing, Prevention, Services, Income and Community/Political Will. The vision is a city where homelessness is rare, short-lived and non-recurring.
When this program first launched, 2011’s original volunteers (Mayor R.J. Berry among them) encountered some of the city’s lowest temperatures on record while canvassing the streets in the early morning hours, turning the Survey into a rescue mission as they also provided critical information about emergency services available to many who otherwise might have succumbed to the freezing temperatures. In spite of frigid conditions, 700 people were encountered and 475 completed the survey. Since then, more than 160 people have been housed.
For full 2011 Survey Week results, 2013 Survey Week Schedule and more information about Albuquerque Heading Home, visit the website at www.abqheadinghome.org .