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November 10, 2015 > Hayward conducts first ever homeless count

Hayward conducts first ever homeless count

Submitted By Sara Lamnin

The Task Force to End Hunger and Homelessness in Hayward needs participants, volunteers and donations to help with its community-wide Hayward Homeless Count that will collect key information needed to identify and eradicate barriers to ending hunger and homelessness in the city. The Count is scheduled for November 8 Ð 14 at various locations.

November is a month of honor. It is the month of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness; the month of giving thanks. And of course, it is an important time to honor veterans. Hayward is conducting this first-ever homeless count study to understand the full picture of what housing insecurity looks like for its residents. The study will collect personal narratives and lived experiences that highlight the challenges that people in housing crisis face in Hayward. The demographic and other data collected is intended to guide the development of viable and innovative solutions, programs, and public policies to address homelessness.

Anyone interested in helping with this effort should sign up at:

ÒItÕs estimated that on any given day in Hayward there are 200 to 900 individuals or families residing in makeshift encampments, emergency shelters, transitional housing, nature areas, automobiles, and condemned or temporary housing,Ó said Dr. Stacy Wilson of the Public Administration Department at CSU East Bay who is co-leading the effort.

Those who meet the Task ForceÕs definition of homelessness are strongly encouraged to participate in the survey at one of the survey locations or via online or telephone survey.

Donations and volunteers are still needed to support this non-profit effort. The data gathered will be part of an art exhibit intended to ignite positive community conversation early next year assistance with framing, catering, and curating that event are also needed.

California State University East Bay, Chabot College, the Salvation Army, League of Women Voters, and the City of Hayward are collaborating with the Task Force on this effort.

Donations are tax deductible through our fiscal agent, Mandela Marketplace. Checks, payable to Mandela Marketplace with Homeless Count in the memo line, should be mailed to: Task Force to End Hunger and Homelessness, 1090 B St., #130, Hayward, CA 94541, or you can donate online at

If you are interested in in getting involved, participating, or donating, please sign up at: or email or call (510) 296-7018.

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