2018 Homeless Count

2018 Homeless Count

For the first time, this Spring, the Province will coordinate Homeless Counts in several communities in British Columbia.  The Province contracted with the Homelessness Services Association, in partnership with Urban Matters and BC Non-Profit Housing Association to work with communities to implement the 2018 Homeless Count.  Counts were conducted in:

  • Comox Valley
  • Williams Lake
  • Campbell River
  • Cranbrook
  • Merritt
  • Parksville/Qualicum
  • Penticton
  • Port Alberni
  • Smithers
  • Prince Rupert
  • Fort St John
  • Sechelt

Although counts do not give us a full picture of the extent of homelessness, they do provide important information  on the estimated number, key demographics and service needs of those experiencing homelessness, both in local communities and across the province.

Each count was conducted over a 24-hour period between March 1st and April 30th, inside shelters during the evening, and on the streets during the day.

We want to extend our gratitude and thanks for the support provided by local service providers, community organizations, volunteers and our local coordinators to ensure the successful delivery of each count.

Preliminary results will be be released later this spring and the final report in the fall.