If you need a home, we need to know! Count Yourself In: Metro Vancouver Homeless Count March 11-12

The Metro Vancouver Homeless Count will be held across the region from March 11-12.  We are hoping to reach everyone on the North Shore who is in need of a home.  This includes people temporarily staying at a friend’s place, in their car or at a shelter.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary, and the information we gather is critical to making sure your needs are known.

Please Count Yourself In!

Information on the Homeless Count:

The Counts are a 24-hour point-in-time snapshot and therefore the numbers are understood to be the minimum number of people who were homeless in the Metro Vancouver region during that period.

The homeless count is an important tool to better understand Metro Vancouver’s homeless population and is the best approach to determine if the homeless population is increasing or decreasing, as well as better understand trends within the population. Policy makers and community agencies have relied on the Count to inform program and service planning.

The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) is grateful to all homeless-serving agencies throughout the region and the Community Homelessness Tables, who lend their expertise and knowledge of working with people on a daily basis to the Homeless Counts. The homeless count would not be possible without the assistance of hundreds of volunteers across the region.

For further details on past counts, please visit the RSCH website.

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Call for Volunteers – 2014 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count (March 11-12)

Metro Vancouver is recruiting volunteers for the 2014 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count.  The count will take place throughout Metro Vancouver inside shelters during the evening of Tuesday, March 11, 2014 and on the streets on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

By volunteering for the count, you are helping to gather valuable information used by governments, service providers, community groups, and funders so they can plan for appropriate programs to address homelessness and measure our progress in reducing homelessness.

We hope you will participate as a volunteer this year by completing our on-line application form by February 7, 2014.

Ideal volunteers:  

  • Have experience with previous homeless counts or professional/volunteer experience working with people who are homeless or in deep poverty
  • Are compassionate, accepting, and comfortable with one-on-one conversation
  • Have a non-judgmental attitude and a good sense of humour

What’s involved:

The Homeless Count involves identifying and conducting a brief anonymous survey with people who are homeless.  The street survey may involve walking around a neighbourhood.  The shelter survey will be conducted in an emergency shelter.  Shifts will be 2 to 3 hours and volunteers will be required to attend a 2-hour training session sometime between February 24 and March 7, 2014. We will contact you as soon as dates for training sessions are confirmed. Volunteers will work in teams of 2 and must be 19 years of age or older.

Background:

Homeless Counts in Metro Vancouver have taken place every three years since 2002 and every year in the city of Vancouver since 2010.  They provide critical information on the number and characteristics of our region’s homeless population and how this population has changed over time.

Thank you for your willingness to participate as a volunteer and your help to recruit others!  If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Carmichael at:

E: HomelessCount@metrovancouver.org

T: 604-436-6867

Please complete the on-line application form by Friday, February 7, 2014