LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The annual Point In Time survey is quickly approaching.
Kristin Brooks, the woman behind the study, said it’s something that will require locals to lend a hand.
“I would say, after our forum in November, we kind of realized how much of the community wants to help and how much of our community do currently help,” Kristin said. “The more volunteers that we have, the better count we will be able to get for our region.”
Tracking the homeless population in the community allows the region to receive better funding that can go towards alleviating the problem.
“It will increase the amount of federal funding that we have come to our area," Director of Human Services, Tarek Polite said. "That will increase, perhaps, services that we’ll be able to offer to the homeless individuals.”
Those who volunteer and complete training are asked to gather at The Purple Heart Recreation Center around 5 p.m. Jan. 28.
“We are asking for volunteers to assist with the surveys once the population comes in for the temporary shelter that evening,” Brooks said.
Polite, who’s volunteered for the past 15 years, said it gives you a new perspective.
Brooks said that the main goal is just to help the homeless population in the community.
If you wish to volunteer, contact Kristin Brooks, Human Services Supervisor for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury at 721-4030 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.