Project Hospitality, Staten Island's largest social agency, is looking for volunteers this monday to conduct a count of the homeless.
The Homeless Outreach Population Estimate, or HOPE count, aims to estimate the number of homeless living within the five boroughs. It also provides a rough figure of how many homeless are not accessing shelters or other services available. The data collected will also help the department determine the best allocation of funds.
Volunteers are especially needed on the south and east shores of Staten Island to search for homeless who may have been displaced by Hurricane Sandy. While the homeless rate on Staten Island has not grown as much as the other boroughs, 279 new beds were filled as a result of Sandy.
To volunteer, call Deacon Paul Kosinski: 718-448-1544, ext. 134, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers should meet at Temple Emmanuel, 984 Post Ave., Port Richmond. The count takes place from 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m.
In addition, the agency is also looking for gently used men's coats to distribute during the count. Coats can be dropped off at Project Hospitality, 100 Park Ave., Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.