The FCG Thomas Jefferson Area Coalition for the Homeless (TJACH) Team worked this semester to create a 53 question comprehensive survey collecting data on the homeless population of Charlottesville and five surrounding counties. The survey spanned a number of topics critical to advising homelessness service providers and advocates, including information regarding demographics, current living situations, employment status, health needs and received services.
To ensure a more standardized process in survey administration, the TJACH Team developed a training protocol and powerpoint presentation for volunteers who would be conducting the survey at various places in the city during the two-day data collection period.
On January 28 and 29, a total of roughly 100 surveys were administered at local TJACH partner organizations. These surveys will be digitized and analyzed with greater depth during the spring project cycle. Findings will be shared with local organizations working with homeless populations in the hope that it will inform service providers (such as shelters, soup kitchens, domestic violence services, etc.) of the specific needs that the homeless population this area has.