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Area agencies taking point-in-time count of local homelessness

The annual Point-in-Time Count provides a snapshot of local homelessness and how to target resources
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GUELPH/WELLINGTON – Local agencies are working on their annual look at the state and data behind people experiencing homelessness in the region to target resources appropriately. 

The Guelph-Wellington Everyone Counts 2021 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count begins Wednesday with volunteers canvassing the streets and service providers to ask families and individuals about their history of homelessness and housing. 

This survey also asks participants questions related to their overall health and wellbeing. 

“This information will provide a snapshot of homelessness in our community and will be used to target resources and track movement toward ending homelessness,” states a press release.

The 2021 PiT Count is being led by the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination and the County of Wellington Housing Services as part of a coordinated count taking place across the province and Canada.

“A PiT Count is a snapshot of homelessness in Guelph and Wellington County,” said Lori Richer, housing stability manager, in a press release. “This is important work that informs referrals, resource allocation and needs for the homeless-serving system.”

Community members currently experiencing homelessness can also go to the following locations in Guelph on Wednesday and Thursday to complete the survey:

  • Hope House, 10 Cork St. E from 9 a.m to 12 p.m.
  • Royal City Mission, 50 Quebec St. from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Guelph Community Health Centre, 176 Wyndham St. N from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

It can also be completed by calling the County of Wellington at 519-837-2600 ext. 3020 or emailing housingstability@wellington.ca from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Results from the PiT Count will be released at a virtual event on Nov. 16.