April 21, 2018 volunteers surveyed 474 individuals experiencing homelessness. More than half of these individuals reported couch-surfing or staying with different family members and friends as their only way of finding shelter, never really knowing where they will stay at night. Other people find shelter outside in the cold, while more sleep in emergency shelters for days, weeks, and even months in some cases. The response from housing providers and support service providers in Thunder Bay and District was to create a coordinated housing access system. Coordinated housing access streamlines entry into housing services for vulnerable people experiencing homelessness, prioritizing and matching them to appropriate, stable housing services. Participants who are surveyed will be given information about coordinated housing access in Thunder Bay, and how they can become connected to coordinated housing access.
Volunteers are an important part of the success of the Point in Time Count (PiT Count). The PiT Count is a statistically reliable, unduplicated count of people experiencing homelessness during a designated 24-hour period. The Lakehead Social Planning Council is working to recruit volunteers to assist with the count. In Thunder Bay, the PiT Count will take place Saturday, October 2 at 6:00 pm and end October 3, at 6:00 pm.
Volunteers will have many duties, including greeting people and conducting surveys to ensure that we are able to reach as many individuals and families experiencing homelessness as possible. If you would like to assist in this important community effort, please join our team!
For more information, please contact the Point in Time Count/Registry Week Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.