Volunteers on Saturday will begin the first-ever survey of Silver Lake’s homeless population, visiting the underpasses, empty lots, alleys and other spots in the neighborhood where the homeless congregate. The goal is to identify the most vulnerable people and eventually get them off the street and into permanent housing, according to officials at People Assisting The Homeless (PATH), a nonprofit group formed in support of the homeless. Here’s is how the survey will work, according to the group:
More than 150 local leaders, business owners and community members are involved in the campaign. Survey volunteers, trained by experienced members of PATH’s outreach team, will interview homeless individuals using a Vulnerability Survey created by the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a national initiative to permanently house the most vulnerable homeless persons throughout the United States. Survey results will be used to create a detailed name and photo registry of people living on the streets of Silver Lake, identify those considered most vulnerable to death or injury on the streets and move them into permanent housing.
PATH official Jeremy Sidell told The Eastsider in July that the survey, which will be conducted over three days, is expected to identify at least 100 homeless persons. His agency is prepared to house 26 of those. Results of the survey will be presented at a community meeting on Nov. 2.