Point-in-Time (PiT) Count
Each year, the City of Kamloops, in association with many non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals, participates in the Coordinated Point-in-Time (PiT) Count, supported by the Government of Canada's Reaching Home Strategy.
Due to the risks associated COVID-19 for both our volunteers and participants, the City of Kamloops has made the decision to postpone the 2020 Point in Time Count until organizers can ensure optimal safety and lower risk for all involved.
The PiT Count serves two functions: to count the number of people experiencing homelessness in Kamloops over a specified period; and to gather information on the demographics and service needs of the local homeless population.
The count is conducted over a 24-hour period beginning in the evening of Day 1 with a survey of those staying in emergency shelters, followed by a street count during the day on Day 2. During the street count, drop-in centres are opened to provide people with an opportunity to socialize over a warm meal, pick up some essential items, and participate in the survey.
The Point-in-Time Count helps us to better understand homelessness in our city. With successive counts, we can measure our progress in ending homelessness in our community.