Homeless sought for annual survey
WESTERN MONTANA — Social service agencies throughout Northwest Montana are gearing up for the annual Montana Homeless Survey, which will be conducted on Thursday, Jan. 29.
People who consider themselves homeless or at risk of being homeless may fill out a survey over the telephone by calling Help Net toll free, 1-800-332-8425, from 8 a.m. through 5 p.m. on Jan. 29.
In Lake, Lincoln and Sanders counties, surveys will be conducted through domestic violence shelters, food banks and mental health centers between Jan. 29 and Feb. 5. All answers are confidential and will not affect eligibility for any services. Only one survey should be filled out per family or household.
The survey provides information about the homeless in Northwest Montana and is linked to future funding opportunities for programs and services for those in need and creating new housing resources.
The survey is of persons who are 1) sleeping in a place not meant for habitation 2) staying in an emergency shelter or domestic violence shelter or in a transitional housing facility for homeless persons or 3) anyone who was otherwise without a home on the evening of Jan. 29.
A number of surveyors will be going to motels and other areas where homeless people may be staying to locate as many homeless individuals and families as possible in Northwest Montana.
Volunteers are needed to help with the survey. Call the United Way Volunteer Center at (406) 752-7266, for more information.
For more information, call the UW toll-free number at 1-888-720-7266.