For Immediate Release: February 27, 2018
Volunteers will hit the streets to Count Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in Kamloops on March 28, 2018
Kamloops – The Point-in-Time (PiT) Count marks Kamloops’ first participation in a Canada-wide initiative to quantify the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. The PiT Count is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.
Over 24 hours, starting on the night of March 27, trained volunteers will gather data from emergency shelters, domestic violence and youth shelters. Starting at 7:00 am on March 28, groups of three to four volunteers will walk hundreds of kilometers on city streets and survey everyone they encounter. Volunteers will seek to determine not only how many people are homeless, but also to learn why and hear their stories. Those whose circumstances fit the definition of homelessness will be asked to complete a voluntary 25-question survey about them and their experiences.
Before the count, volunteers will receive training on safety and how to survey individuals. If you would like to be part of this rewarding opportunity, please visit the Everyone Counts – Kamloops Facebook page or go to www.kamloops.ca/pitcount to sign up.
Organizers are actively seeking donations of socks, underwear, vitamins, and individual tissue packets to include in bags that will be distributed to survey participants. To make a donation, please contact Lisa Bajkov, PiT Count Coordinator.
From 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on March 28, Kamloops United Church (421 St. Paul Street) and the City of Kamloops’ Parkview Activity Centre (500 McDonald Avenue) will welcome survey participants and volunteers to enjoy a warm meal, gather for socialization, or meet with an Elder or a counselor.
Point-in-Time Count Coordinator