Volunteer: Pasadena’s 2016 Homeless Count

Jan 10, 2016

HOMELESS-photo-by-leroy-allen-skalstadThanks to Monica Hubbard of Wired Women for the following information:

Volunteers are still needed to help with Pasadena’s 2016 Homeless Count.

The count will take place on Wednesday, January 27, and volunteers will be sent out in teams of 2-3 in the early morning and late evening (the same teams will go out both morning and evening).

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Since 1992, the City of Pasadena, City of Pasadena Housing Department, and the Pasadena Partnership to End Homelessness have worked together “to formulate and implement the city’s continuum of care system for homeless individuals and families” (Pasadena 2015 Homeless Count and Survey Report).

In 2015, students and staff from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena joined with sixty volunteers as teams took to the streets to count the number of people in the city who were without homes.

Adults and children are counted, as well as a determination of “sheltered and unsheltered persons.” Measure is taken of “chronically homeless” persons, those with substance abuse issues, youths 18-24 years of age, and unaccompanied youth under the age of 18.

The 2015 homeless count: 582 adults and 50 children.

Thirty-six of those were seniors, 62+ years of age. Four of them were under the age of eighteen. There were 72 victims of domestic violence and 32 veterans.


“Homelessness” by Sherrie N. Stamps

Homelessness looks like how I’m feeling about me. Sometimes homelessness looks like I’ve got it all together and know how to present the Diva in me to the world. Yes, a homeless woman can be a diva on a good day. Then, homelessness can feel and look like “Chicken Little” as in the tale of “The Sky Is Falling.” Homelessness will definitely change you into a bitch who won’t take no stuff and then change because your eyes soften when you see a grocery store cart being pushed by an expressionless face, and you think, “There but for the Grace of God, would I go.”

Homelessness hurts. It hurts the homeless person—not the world looking on. Homelessness sounds like fake laughter when it sees the tears of a clown. Homelessness is loneliness because even when you are surrounded by other homeless people, maybe at a party or a function, your feelings of homelessness never truly allow you to enjoy yourself because you’ve been trained to watch for that person who may try to take your purse, bus pass, or even your friendship.

by Sherrie N. Stamps
Copyright © 2013 Sherrie N. Stamps







Urban Initiatives is a nonprofit made up of several community-based and faith-based institutes such as Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena.

Urban Initiatives has completed over 40 community-based assessments for local government and private organizations throughout Southern California. Assessments have focused on affordable housing, business development and education for micro-businesses, fair housing, health care, homelessness, human trafficking, migrant farming, and street vending.




Photo (partial), top right, by Yeowatzup from Katlenburg-Lindau, Germany (Hmong Market, Luang Prabang, Laos) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, portrait of homeless man, by Leroy Allen Skalstad (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo, The Hand, by Alex Proimos from Sydney, Australia (The Hand) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons.


Photo by Yeowatzup, Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Yeowatzup, Wikimedia Commons






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