To better understand local issues to help municipalities and local organizations best support people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, the government is conducting a second provincial homeless count.
The Province is partnering with the Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) and BC Housing to complete 16 community counts throughout the province in March and April. The government has provided $900,000 to support the community counts, pilot an extended count in two communities and support additional research on homelessness among Indigenous peoples.
Data from the counts will provide a better understanding of homelessness in British Columbia. This information will be used to improve supports and services, measure progress in addressing homelessness and increase public awareness.
"Homelessness in B.C. continues to be a struggle for people and the barriers that they face vary in different communities," said Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction. "Our second provincial homeless count is a way that, together, we can get a clearer understanding of what homelessness looks like in order to better support some of the most vulnerable people in B.C."
In total 26 BC communities will be conducting a homeless count this Spring. Merritt along with Kamloops and Kelowna will all be taking part.
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