The 2017 Homeless Count is March 7 and 8, and volunteers are needed to help gain an accurate picture of the homeless population in the community.
The shelter count takes place March 7 for those staying overnight in emergency shelters, transition houses for women fleeing violence, youth safe houses and detox facilities. Those counts are done by trained volunteers or staff. There is also a basic count on those with no fixed address who are in hospital or corrections facilities.
The street count is March 8.
That includes a count and brief surveys with homeless people who are unsheltered (living outside, including in alleys, doorways, parkades, parks, vehicles and on boats) or who are couchsurfing and using homelessness services on that date.
Organizers are looking for 1,000 volunteers throughout the Lower Mainland.
All volunteers must attend a two-hour training session on how to conduct the surveys.
To apply, go to bcnpha.ca/call-volunteers/.
The count partners include Service Canada, Metro Vancouver, Port of Vancouver, the Vancouver Foundation, the Real Estate Foundation, the Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society, Community Voice Mail, the Lu’Ma Native Housing Society, and M. Thomson Consulting.
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