Independent Florida Alligator: Survey counts homeless residents

Jan. 30 Alligator front page Below is an excerpt from my front-page story about the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry’s Point-in-Time survey:

Where did you sleep Monday night? That was the question asked by volunteer surveyors Tuesday during the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry’s annual Point-in-Time homelessness census. From 4 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, volunteers collected personal information from homeless people around the North Central Florida region, according to a coalition press release. Nate Phillips, 40, was one of the about 200 volunteers trained to work the survey. This was his second year participating. Phillips said he has been homeless for about two years by choice. He surveyed fewer people Tuesday than he did in 2012 because volunteers were limited to two-hour surveying shifts, he said. Last year, he volunteered for eight hours. He said he chose to help again because he “could use a couple bucks.”

Full article: http://www.alligator.org/news/local/article_fb852b5a-6aa0-11e2-8c77-0019bb2963f4.html

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