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Homeless count set for April 15; volunteers needed

A homeless man at his camp spot at the foot of Third Avenue in Prince George. Bill Phillips photo

The Community Partners Addressing Homelessness will once again be conducting a point-in-time count of homeless and vulnerable residents in Prince George.

The association participated in this national activity in 2016, 2018 and will do so again in 2020. The point-in-time count is an effort by the federal government to collect key data on those in the community who are struggling with homeless issues. By repeating this activity every two years, the association is collecting invaluable data that can indicate rises and drops in numbers and identify ongoing and new issues that may be taking place.

All communities across Canada that participate in a point-in-time count do so between March and April and for Prince George, the date for 2020 has been set for April 15.

During a 24-hour period there will be volunteers conducting surveys on the street and in known camping areas along with other related service agencies. Community Partners Addressing Homelessness will also be gathering enumeration data of the city’s shelters and transitional homes to determine the raw numbers for that particular night.

Should anyone express interest in volunteering for the Count event, they can email their interest to pgcount2020@gmail.com


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