REQUESTING YOUR ASSISTANCE! 2013 Homeless Demographics and Needs Survey for Louisiana
The Northlake Homeless Coalition requests your participation in the annual Homeless Demographics and Needs Survey. Information collected from this yearly “snapshot” is vital for future recommendations for the southeast Louisiana Continuum of Care (comprised of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes), as outlined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Your agency has been identified as an essential service provider to the homeless and precariously housed and, therefore, needed in the successful completion of this year’s survey. Because it is a “point-in-time”, we are interested in learning about persons’ housing situations on the NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 25th. Information should be collected during a four day period, beginning Tuesday, February 26th and ending March 1st, 2013. A survey may be completed in one of three ways. Ideally, agency representatives and/or volunteers will conduct an interview with a known client or a person who may be homeless, as the survey instrument is designed to have direct input from homeless consumers. In cases that an agency representative has previous knowledge of a homeless consumer and can provide the requested information, he/she may elect to complete the survey on the client’s behalf. Finally, a homeless consumer may wish to complete the survey on his/her own. In this case, an agency representative should review the document with the client, and then review for incomplete or inconsistent responses once he/she has finished. If people are unwilling to wholly complete the survey, record as much information as possible. A survey questionnaire template(s) is attached to this email, along with instructions that should help guide you through the process. Please print the necessary number of copies that are needed to complete a survey on each adult within a household that is identified as having been homeless on the night of February 25th. If the household has persons under the age of 18, designate an adult as the head of household, and record information about the children on the head of household’s questionnaire. For more details, please consult the enclosed instructions. Again, we ask that you administer the survey Tuesday, February 26th through Friday, March 1st, while citing the 25th as the night of homelessness.
Please return the completed surveys by Friday, March 15th, 2013. You may mail, email, or fax completed surveys to: Erin Matheny Northlake HMIS Data Project SLU Box 10509 Hammond, LA, 70402 Telephone: 985-549-5373 / Fax: 985-549-2485 E-mail: [email protected]
This survey is voluntary, and all given information will remain confidential. If you have any questions, or comments, please contact the individual listed above. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help to improve this survey in the future. Thank you for your time and attention to this project. Through your participation, we can better serve those in need.