2018 Homeless Count

Volunteer Recruitment

For the first time, this Spring, the Province will coordinate Homeless Counts in several communities in British Columbia. 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 your community and across the province.

Each count will be conducted over a 24-hour period between March 1st and April 30th, inside shelters during the evening, and on the streets during the day. Support is needed from local service providers, community organizations, and volunteers to ensure the successful delivery of each count.

We are seeking your help to conduct the count in your community. This involves attending a training session and conducting a brief anonymous survey with people who are experiencing homelessness during the count.

We are looking for people who:

  • Are compassionate, accepting, and comfortable with one-on-one conversations
  • Have a friendly, non-judgmental attitude and a good sense of humour
  • Are 19 years of age or older and younger than 70 years of age (to meet insurance requirements).

Apply Now For The 2018 Homeless Count In:

  • Comox Valley – Completed
  • Williams Lake – Completed
  • Campbell River – Completed
  • Cranbrook – Completed
  • Merritt – Completed
  • Parksville/Qualicum – Completed
  • Penticton – April 30
  • Port Alberni – Completed
  • Smithers – Completed
  • Prince Rupert – Completed
  • Fort St John – Completed
  • Sechelt – Completed

About The Count:

The Province of BC has 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. A local coordinator will be responsible to implement the count locally. Their contact information is provided on community specific page above.