On Feb. 1, Bill Zanparelli examines an abandoned car, found during Homeless Census Canvas “Project Opening Door” in Parking lot in Chelsea, MA. The car has broken windows and all windows are cardboarded with 2 flat tires. The volunteers suspect that it must have been used as a shelter by someone who does not have a permanent home.
The first-ever homeless count and survey will take place in Chelsea at the end of the month, sparked by a growing group of volunteers focused on ending homelessness in the city.
A group of about 30 volunteers shown here gathered on Monday night to listen to advice and get training from Melissa McWhinney of the state Department of Housing and Community
Development (DHCD). The plan is to gather on Jan. 27 at a time and place to be determined to walk around the city and engage the homeless population.
The annual count is a nationwide effort and seeks to offer ways for homeless folks to find permanent housing. The effort in Chelsea is sponsored by Project Opening Doors, which is aligned with the People’s AME Church and Rev. Sandra Whitley.
City Manager Tom Ambrosino is supporting the effort, as are city councillors such as Damali Vidot.
More volunteers are needed and those interested should contact leaders by Jan. 20. Contact
information is (617) 336-7177 or firstname.lastname@example.org.