On March 23, 2021, Niagara Region, alongside agencies from Niagara’s Homelessness Servicing System, took part in the third annual Niagara Counts homelessness Point-in-Time (PiT) Count. The PiT Count provides a snapshot of homelessness at a single point in time and is a provincial and federal requirement that supports Built For Zero Canada (BFZ-C) objectives and A Home For All: Niagara’s 10-Year Housing and Homelessness Action Plan (HHAP).
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the PiT Count was modified by using community agency staff rather than volunteers and implemented enhanced COVID-19 safety measures, with nearly 70 agency staff supporting the event. Staff from the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre and Niagara Regional Native Centre joined agency staff to support the count. Without the support of all agency staff and partners, this event would not have been possible so we would like to thank everyone for participating.
Niagara Region will continue to work with our Indigenous partners at the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre and Niagara Regional Native Centre to host Indigenous magnet events later in the fall, pending provincial COVID-19 guidelines. These events offer additional insights to the experiences of homeless individuals who identify as Indigenous or having Indigenous ancestry and ensure they have the appropriate supports needed. Additionally, the information gathered from the 2021 PiT Count will be leveraged as we work with the community to determine priority groups for coordinated access. This data will also help us determine areas where more information is needed and allow the Region to incorporate that into our Homelessness Data Strategy, currently in development. The final report, including the outcomes of the Indigenous magnet event, is planned to be released late fall 2021. Visit our website for more information about Niagara Counts.
"The PiT Count allows us to capture a snapshot of homelessness in our community. By knowing who is experiencing chronic homelessness we are able to better provide programs and supports for people in need."
~ Director of Homelessness Services, Cathy Cousins
"I would like to thank Niagara Region staff, as well as the nearly 70 agency staff who supported the third annual Niagara Counts homelessness Point-in-Time Count, even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event, and the data that comes out of it, is critical to improve the understanding, needs and circumstances of the people who are affected by homelessness in our community."
~ Regional Chair Jim Bradley
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