Volunteers needed for 2020 Point in Time Homeless count

Volunteers are wanted to survey persons experiencing homelessness in Red Deer to gather key information as part of the 2020 Point in Time (PIT) Count & Survey.

The PIT count and survey serves as a snapshot in time, and is one of the tools, along with data from programs and facilities, used to analyze trends to help shape programs and services. The survey will identify age, family status, immigration status, Indigenous ancestry, income, time spent homeless, and where people are staying – such as a shelter or outside.

The PIT count takes place from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7. Volunteers are paired up and provided training on the required skills for their duties. Specialized teams from housing and support agencies will visit other local areas, such as camps, on the morning of Wednesday, April 8.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older and sign up by April 3 through www.reddeer.ca/PITCount or via phone at 403-342-8100.

Red Deer is working with other partner Alberta municipalities as part of the Seven Cities on Housing and Homelessness to coordinate survey strategies and methodology to ensure information is consistent and data is comparable both provincially and nationally.

This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home program.

Visit www.reddeer.ca/PITCount for more information.

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