Help Needed To Conduct Point In Time Count In NB

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 12:04 PM

Volunteers are needed for upcoming Point In Time counts that will be held in New Brunswick this month.

The count is a strategy used to determine the scope of homelessness in a community on a given night or at a single point in time.

Spokesperson Lindsay Horsman says training will be offered prior to the 24 hour count.

"We're hoping to get a lot of students who are in human services, psychology, nursing, and policing who will come in for a three hour training session," Horsman says.

The last count was done in 2016, and Horsman says numbers were high.

"Forty-six per cent of people that were surveyed were identified as chronically homeless.  Chronically homeless means if you have been without a place to live for six months in the past year," Horsman indicated.

During the count, volunteers will survey individuals who are living on the street or in shelters.  The data that is collected will be sent to the government, and they will look at it, as well as the Homelessness Partnering Strategy. With the data they will figure out, does there need to be more funding put into shelters or affordable housing," Horsman says.

Over 60 communities across the country are participating, including Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton and Bathurst.