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Homeless Outreach to Displaced Persons of Hurricane Katrina


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Last week Greg Gibson, M.A.H.S., Coordinator of Housing and Homeless Services for the Texas Department of State Health Services, requested assistance from CMHS and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc. (AHP) to help recruit experienced outreach staff from around the nation to volunteer their services in several large cities in Texas. Many of the individuals who have been relocated to the large emergency shelters in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and other cities in the wake of Hurricane Katrina were previously homeless and/or have a mental illness. Now, they are beginning to leave the shelters set up in the Astrodome, Reliant Center, and other shelters, and are returning to the streets. Homeless services providers in these cities are becoming overwhelmed.

A need for 60 additional experienced outreach workers was identified in a conference call with all Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) providers in Texas. We ask that you please share this request with your outreach staff, and consider supporting their interest in volunteering for up to two weeks. The cost of travel, food, and lodging will be covered by the State of Texas.

Please find in the links below a call for volunteers and a volunteer application. Information on who to contact is also provided.

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Request for Volunteers:

www.nrchmi.samhsa.gov/pdfs/Volunteer_App.pdf

Volunteer Application Link:

www.nrchmi.samhsa.gov/pdfs/Req_Vols.pdf