City Seeking Volunteers for Everyone Counts

The City of Hamilton is putting out a call for 150 volunteers to help facilitate and participate in Everyone Counts 2020, a nationally coordinated effort to identify how many people in different communities experience homelessness across Canada at any given time taking place from April 19 to April 23.

For more details, please continue reading below…

Hello Ward 8 Neighbours,

The City of Hamilton is putting out a call for 150 volunteers to help facilitate and participate in Everyone Counts 2020, a nationally coordinated effort to identify how many people in different communities experience homelessness across Canada at any given time taking place from April 19 to April 23.

The City is once again working alongside Hamilton’s Indigenous Community in the planning and implementation of this initiative through a direct partnership with the Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership.

Everyone Counts is the third nationally coordinated Point-in-Time Count, which is intended to identify how many people in a community experience homelessness at any given time – it is not an exhaustive count. Through the accompanying survey, the initiative provides information on the demographics and service needs of the local population experiencing homelessness.

Survey results from Hamilton’s 2016 and 2018 Point-in-Time initiatives are available here: www.hamilton.ca/pointintime

From the City of Hamilton’s release:

Information gathered from the Point in Time Connection will highlight housing, health and social needs to work toward connecting participants to the right types and levels of supports within the community. It will also continue to inform local homelessness policy and practices so that homelessness is prevented whenever possible and is otherwise a rare, brief and non-reoccurring experience.

Training will be provided to volunteers in order to survey individuals experiencing homelessness throughout the City of Hamilton, which includes those staying in shelters, temporary housing, transitional housing and those in unsheltered locations.

Each survey team will include volunteers from the Indigenous community, with the goal of providing Indigenous respondents the option to complete surveys with Indigenous volunteers.

Survey results from the 2020 Point in Time Connection will be shared publicly as part of a Community Debrief taking place in June 2020.

The deadline to register as a volunteer is Friday, March 6. The volunteer application form is available online or by visitingwww.hamilton.ca/pointintime.

Questions or concerns?

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact our office here.