The Homeless Coalition of Polk County is looking for volunteers to count the homeless population of Lakeland and the rest of Polk County. Last year’s count found 2,129 homeless people in the county.
Why the count? Evidently there is a Congressional mandate to collect such data. I’d bet that the amount of cash Congress directs to Polk County is based on the census of homeless. That makes it important everyone is counted.
The Coalition needs 100 census takers to complete the survey. The count is January 22 to January 26th, 2007 with a different area of the county surveyed each of those five days.
Call the coalition at (863) 687-8386 for information on volunteering.