Help the Homeless

Every year EscaRosa Coalition of the Homeless (ECOH) conducts the “U Count” Point-In-Time Homeless survey, counting the homeless population in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties. This year the count will be from 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 to 8 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 27.

The purpose of the survey is to determine the needs of the local homeless men, women and children. Florida has some of the highest numbers of homeless veterans. Finding out how many need help is the first step.

ECOH needs a minimum of 150 volunteers with a heart to help conduct the survey. Volunteers will only serve two to four hour shifts. No experience is required and all volunteers will be trained. Volunteer applications are online at or you can contact John Johnson, ECOH executive director at 439-3009.