Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The ShadowCount Project. Help the Homeless And Make 75 Bucks

Hey friends and family,

Some of you may know that I'm employed at the Hunter College School of Social Work.  This project from Department of Homeless Services came to me, and I thought about what a good paid opportunity this may be for some of you.

The positions are to dress up and stay in the subway system for 4 hours as what we call "decoys".
We want to see how accurate our volunteers are at counting the homeless.

Why would this be good for you? Creative souls, we've had former participants come to us and say that after this experience, they have a whole new understanding of how the average New Yorker interacts with the homeless and/or temporarily experience the feelings they are subject to. This has changed worldviews.

 Midnight, Monday January 26th may be a rare opportunity. Plus, we are offering you  $75 straight up, tax free.

CONTACT ME if this sounds like something you'd want to get in on.

Juan PaPo Santiago
Cofounder; Capicu Poetry & Cultural Showcase
Editorial Assistant & Recruitment; Hunter College School of Social Work


Is seeking "decoys" for the NYC homeless count.

On the night of January 26, the NYC Department of Homeless Services (DHS) will send hundreds of volunteers all across the city to count the homeless. On that same night, decoys will be sent to designated locations throughout the city to see how many of them get counted. Information on the number of decoys that are counted will be used to adjust the official NYC homeless count figures.

ShadowCount is funded by DHS but conducted independently by Hunter College School of Social Work researchers.

Date: Night of January 26 - 27, 12:00 midnight to 4:00 am
(Check-in time 2 hours earlier)

To sign up to participate as a paid decoy, request a registration packet by emailing me!

 If you do not have access to the internet you can call me at (212) 452-7096 to request a packet.