Kamloops, BC—In spring 2021, the City of Kamloops will take part in a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Canada.
Over a 24-hour period, trained volunteers will count and survey individuals who are staying in shelters, short-term housing, and sleeping rough (without shelter) across Canada. The Point-in-Time Homeless Count (PiT Count) will provide a snapshot of homelessness in Kamloops. It will indicate the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. There will be COVID-19 precautions and regulations in place.
The PiT Count will improve the understanding of the needs and circumstances of the people who are affected by homelessness in our community. The survey will provide the City with key data on gender, age, ethnicity, veteran status, and more.
"I am pleased to announce that the City of Kamloops will be conducting the 2021 Point-in-Time Count. This information is very important and will provide data and analytics into how we can work towards ending homelessness,” said Ty Helgason, the City’s Acting Social and Community Development Supervisor. “As we have seen across Canada, there has been a monumental shift in how we think about homelessness. Most importantly, there has been recognition of the right to housing. By completing this count with homeless individuals and families in our community, we will be able to understand their needs and take the next step towards ending homelessness.”
The PiT Count has received support from Reaching Home, the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Strategy (Employment and Social Development Canada). In March and April 2021, individuals experiencing homelessness will be counted in communities across the country. The coordinated effort will help us to create a picture of homelessness in communities across Canada.
Results from the PiT Count will be publically available, and the results of the PiT Count will be used to improve the City’s response to homelessness. In the future, successive counts will allow measurement towards the ultimate goal of ending homelessness in Kamloops. Results from the previous completed PiT count, which took place in 2018, can be found at Kamloops.ca/PiTCount.
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