Here at Outreach Grid, we are building a network of agencies who serve populations who are experiencing or about to experience homelessness. The features that we create go a long way to helping agencies understand the needs of these families and individuals, so that they get the care and help that they need. Our network is composed of Contributors, Users, and Applicants.
Contributors in an Outreach Grid Network are community members, private individuals, organizations or businesses who want to report information to service agencies. These community members notify Outreach Grid users of individuals or locations that may require their services. This not only encourages community members to actively engage with the issue of homelessness but also make them stakeholders to their community to connect those in need with those who can help.
This article will cover how to create your contributor account.
Creating an Account
First, visit the homepage for the Outreach Grid Network in your area. The url address for every Outreach Grid platform begins with a location prefix (i.e. LOCATION.outreachgrid.com). Be sure to use the correct location prefix when accessing your Outreach Grid platform. If you need help finding your correct location prefix, please click the green support button in the bottom right corner to chat with an Outreach Grid agent.
The homepage for your Outreach Grid Network will look similar to the following:
Each section opens the log-in portal for each of Outreach Grid's three user types: Contributors, Users, and Applicants. As a contributor, click the orange "Contributor Login" button in the middle orange box labelled "Contribute Information" and you'll be taken to the contributors login page.
To create your new account, click the link below the login button labelled "Sign Up".
Using the sign up form, please enter your full name, email address, password, and phone number, separated by your 3-digit area code and your 7-digit number. Please make sure that your password has at least 10 characters. Also make sure that you enter only your 3-digit area code and your 7-digit phone number in the respective boxes; do not include any special characters such as parentheses or dashes.
After submitting your information by clicking the "Sign Up" button, you'll be taken back to the contributor login page. You can now use your newly created credentials to log in and begin contributing information! If you need help contributing clients and camps, visit the tutorial Contributors: Creating Client and Encampment Incidents.