Since 2002, the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) has conducted a region-wide count of homeless individuals every three years. The most recent count was in 2020, which included both a Point in Time (PiT) and 6 day trial extended count. The main purpose of the homeless count is to enumerate and learn more about the homeless population in the Metro Vancouver region. Specific objectives include:
- Estimating the number of people who are homeless;
- Obtaining a demographic profile of people who are surveyed or enumerated during the count; and
- Identifying long-term trends in the number and profile of people who are homeless.
Service providers, planners, community groups, health authorities, municipalities and funders, use count data to assist in policy development, planning, and prioritizing programs and services to address the needs of people who are homeless. The count is also used for public education and to increase awareness about homelessness and its solutions.
On March 8, 2017 Metro Vancouver conducted a point in time count of all the sheltered and unsheltered homeless across the Greater Vancouver Area. This count is conducted every three years.
On April 10th, 2017 a preliminary data report for this count was released.
The North Shore Homelessness Task Force has written a statement regarding this initial report.
A summary report on the 2017 Homeless Count will be completed and posted here once the full data report is released in June, 2017.
2014 Metro Vancouver Homelessness Count (March 11 & 12)
The Metro Vancouver Homelessness Count takes place over a 24-hour period to address the needs of people who are homeless in the region through policy development, planning, and prioritizing programs and services. It includes a shelter and street component as described below. The shelter count will take place during the evening of Tuesday, March 11 and on the streets on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
2011 Metro Vancouver Homelessness Count (March 15 & 16)
Complete Metro Vancouver Results