Homelessness Across Canada
March 13, 2018
OTTAWA: On March 12, Employment and Social Development Canada announced the launch of Everyone Counts: the second nationally-coordinated Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of homelessness. Between March 1 and April 30, 2018, communities in every province and territory across Canada will conduct a PiT count.
“Even though there aren’t any large cities in Yellowhead, we are not immune to homelessness. Every community, large and small, has people in need. This data will help develop effective strategies that respond to homelessness at the local level,” stated MP Eglinski.
The PiT counts will provide vital information to participating communities about individuals experiencing homelessness, helping to identify their needs and plan community resources accordingly. The information collected will also contribute to a national portrait of homelessness and support the Government of Canada’s work in preventing and reducing homelessness.
Communities can also choose to implement a joint PiT count and registry week, which helps the community to create a by-name list of individuals experiencing homelessness. This list can be used to link individuals to housing supports as part of the 20,000 Homes Campaign of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
“All Canadians should have access to safe and affordable housing. Through initiatives such as this, we can help address homelessness at the community level,” concluded MP Eglinski.
For more information, visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/communities/homelessness/point-in-time.html