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Point in Time homeless count scheduled for October

September 7, 2016 10:43 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Volunteers will hit the streets October 19 to talk to persons experiencing homelessness, in order to gather important information that will help identify trends and key issues as part of an effort to end homelessness.

The Point in Time (PIT) homeless count is an essential part of Red Deer’s 5 Year Plan to End Homelessness (pdf) , which aims to end homelessness by 2018. It is The City’s third count, conducted every two years since 2012, and the second coordinated simultaneously with other municipalities across Alberta.

“A count gives us a snapshot of our homeless population and enables us to examine how things change over time,” said Roxana Nielsen Stewart, Social Planning Supervisor with The City of Red Deer. “Working together with community volunteers and organizations allows us to improve housing programs and services, and measure our progress toward ending homelessness.”

Approximately 200 volunteers are needed to count and survey persons experiencing homelessness across neighbourhoods throughout Red Deer. With safety as a priority, volunteers are paired and trained.

The PIT count takes place from 9 to 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, with training provided prior to the event.

Volunteers must be 18 years old and can sign up through www.reddeer.ca/PITCount or call 403-342-8100. Volunteers will be notified of details closer to the date.

The 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness, including Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, will conduct a coordinated count on October 19 with a standardized methodology.

View the Q&A backgrounder (pdf) and visit www.reddeer.ca/PITCount for more information.

For more information, please contact:

Roxana Nielsen Stewart
Social Planning Supervisor – Resource & Capacity Development
The City of Red Deer
403-309-8592

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

 

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