The Role of Community Key Informants
In order to successfully complete a comprehensive countywide homeless census, we In order to successfully complete a comprehensive countywide homeless census, we are counting on the participation of every city government, school district, municipal agency and local service provider in Riverside County.
Community key informants are needed from throughout the County to form community-based project teams who shall work with IURD and DPSS staff on project implementation in their community.
A community key informant is someone who is knowledgeable about local homelessness and able to build relationships between businesses, residents, faith-based institutions and community agencies that are concerned about homelessness and its impact upon the city.
Community-based project teams made up of local key informants will be formed in each incorporated city to assist with project design, planning and implementation in their local community.
In addition to the community-based project teams, IURD and DPSS staff will work with County officials and other county-wide key informants, including the Department of Mental Health, to develop regional strategies to cover communities and territories outside of city jurisdictions.
Even in communities where there are few (if any) currently identified homeless individuals, participation in this organizing process is critical to documenting a complete and comprehensive effort to identify all homeless individuals in the county and the locations where they may (or may not) be located.
Further, we need help from people in every community in order to successfully complete this effort county-wide including:
• key informants knowledgeable about services and locations where homeless individuals can be encountered in their own community or anywhere in the county;
• volunteers willing to contribute to this effort whether in their local community or in other parts of the County.
Community Key informants shall include representatives of local government, municipal employees, social service agencies, outreach programs, law enforcement, school districts, faith-based organizations, business and neighborhood associations, currently and formerly homeless individuals and others who can assist with the following tasks:
• help with planning and organizing the count in their local jurisdiction including coordinating pre-count activities, day-of-the-count activities and post-count activities in their community;
• identifying residential and non-residential homeless service providers in their communities and provide contact information;
• identifying additional service providers, faith-based institutions and others who provide assistance to homeless people in their community and provide contact information;
• identifying encampments and other places where homeless people can be found in their community;
• identifying and soliciting community-based organizations, universities, faith-based institutions, municipal employees, currently and formerly homeless individuals and others to volunteer to help conduct the count in their area;
• coordinate project logistics including promoting public awareness and organizing day-of-the-count activities
• assist with conducting the street-based and service-based count in their community during the designated point-in-time.