On January 24th, 2008, the Homeless Alliance of Western New York will conduct our 2008 Street Survey. This effort is a large-scale event to collect information from low-income and homeless persons in our community. A similar survey was conducted in 2004 and the information collected was used to create our PRISM plan, which is a ten-year plan to end homelessness in Buffalo and Erie County. In 2004, 165 volunteers surveyed close to 1,000 people at over 35 locations throughout the area.
The Street Survey is an unparalleled opportunity to gather valuable information about our low-income population who may be at risk of becoming homeless and those who currently experience homelessness. This type of analysis helps us to assess problems in our community. For example, in the 2004 survey, transportation was cited as one of the greatest needs. This led to a follow-up survey done on barriers to access, affordability and safety of transportation throughout the region.
Not only will the Street Survey yield a wealth of information, but it is also an exciting opportunity to join forces with our community members and raise public awareness of poverty and how it affects our area’s population. There is much work to be done and we need your help.
Please contact the Homeless Alliance to volunteer at (716) 853-1101.