Niagara Counts

Niagara Counts is part of a national strategy to help determine the extent of homelessness.

About 30 communities across Canada, including Niagara, will be conducting Point-in-Time Counts providing a snapshot of homelessness at a given point in time.

This involves counting and surveying those in our community who experience absolute homelessness (those living outside or in emergency shelters). The Count will help us better understand who is homeless and what their needs are.

Volunteer registration for the point-in-time count is closed.
Thank you to everyone who volunteered.

Point-in-Time Count

  • Date:Tuesday, April 5, 2016 *
  • Location:Across Niagara

Niagara Counts will rely on community agencies and trained volunteers to conduct the Count. It will be conducted in various places where individuals who are homeless may be, including:

  • Emergency shelters (includes extreme weather, violence against women, hotels / motels beds used instead of shelter beds)
  • Transitional housing (temporary housing arrangement that allows for a longer stay than emergency shelters)
  • Streets and alleys
  • Parks and other public locations
  • Transit stations
  • Abandoned buildings
  • Vehicles
  • Ravines and other outdoor locations

* Contingency Date: April 12, 2016
In the event the Count is postponed due to unforeseen circumstances, the Count will take place April 12. Volunteers will be notified as soon as possible if the date of the Count needs to be changed..  

Goals of the Count

A successful count will allow our community to:

  • Identify the number of absolute homeless individuals in our community at a given point in time
  • Identify the characteristics and needs of the homeless
  • Provide baseline data so we can measure our progress towards ending homelessness
  • Increase public awareness about homelessness
  • Enhance our ability to test the effectiveness of programs and services aimed at ending homelessness

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