Niagara looking for volunteers to help count homeless people

Niagara is once again taking part in a coordinated effort to measure homelessness across Canada.

Volunteers are needed to conduct Niagara’s coordinated point-in-time homeless count.

In March 2018, a partnership of community agencies and Niagara Region will conduct another point-in-time homeless count.

The first count was conducted in 2016.

Organizers are calling the initiative “Niagara Counts” and have launched a volunteer recruitment drive to carry out the count.

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).

Niagara Counts will provide a "snapshot" of homelessness in the region.

Niagara Counts will improve our understanding of the needs and circumstances of the people who are affected by homelessness in our community.

In 2016, over 140 volunteers conducted the street count along 28 designated routes and within shelters.

The 2016 count identified at least 465 individuals were experiencing homelessness in Niagara.

Volunteers can register at www.niagararegion.ca/niagaracounts