Enumeration Teams and their Duties
There will typically be four people per team—one driver, one navigator and two counters—although smaller teams can in some cases be accommodated. A detailed area map with grid will be provided to each team, along with a clipboard, pencils, highlighter, flashlights and all necessary forms.
Driver: The driver’s only job is to drive his or her team safely around the assigned area. The driver should familiarize him/herself with the area before the night of the count. A valid driver’s license, current auto insurance and a vehicle are required.
Counters (2 per team): The counters will be responsible for observing the unsheltered homeless and calling out the number, gender and age group of those observed to the recorder. It will be the counter’s decision about whom to classify as homeless during the observational count. Training manuals and training opportunities will be provided in December 2012. One of the counters will be a service provider or formerly homeless person. This person will be familiar with the area the team is canvassing and will be responsible for approaching the homeless should this be necessary. She or he will have information about resources available to help the homeless should the occasion arise. She or he will assist the team in locating areas where the homeless may congregate.
Navigator/Recorder: The navigator/recorder will be a volunteer from the community and will have a dual role. She or he will help the driver navigate the assigned area and keep track of what areas of the map area have already been canvassed. In addition, she or he will be responsible for tallying the information that is called out by the counters and turning in the sheets at the end of the evening.
Questions? Contact Gary Grier or call 832-531-6006.