Nanaimo Point-in-Time (PiT) Count
The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition, in association with United Way Central and Northern Vancouver Island (UWCNVI) and volunteers from the community, conducted Nanaimo's 2016 Point-in-Time (PiT) Homeless Count on Tuesday, February 9, 2016.
Read the full report of the Nanaimo count here.
In one day, trained volunteers counted and surveyed individuals who were staying in shelters, short-term housing and are without shelter. The PiT Count provided a "snapshot" of homelessness in Nanaimo. Nanaimo has previously piloted five counts on the number of homeless people in the past, but one has not been done in over five years.
The Nanaimo Homeless Coalition is a group that meets year-round to tackle homelessness, and is made up of local experts who work with homeless people on a regular basis, such as members from the RCMP, social workers, executive directors and the City of Nanaimo. Click here for a full list of committees and member organizations.
The PiT Count indicates the minimum number of people experiencing homelessness in our community. Other forms of homelessness, such as people staying temporarily with friends and trading sex for shelter, are not typically included in a PiT Count. The PiT Count will improve the Coalition's understanding of the needs and circumstances of the people who are affected by homelessness in our community. Read the Nanaimo PiT Count Final Report.
For more information on the PiT Count, read the 2015 Overview of the HPS PiT Count.
On Monday, March 21, United Way and the John Howard Society presented to the Nanaimo City Council an update on the Nanaimo Point-in-Time Count and the efforts of the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition.
Press Release: Nanaimo to Participate in the First Cross-Canada Coordinated Point-in-Time Homeless Count
Thank you to the Nanaimo North Rotary Club and the Canadian Federation of University Women (Nanaimo region) for volunteering their time to help out with the Nanaimo Point-in-Time Count!
Comox Valley Point-in-Time Count
On April 12, 2016, United Way partnered with the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness to conduct a homeless Point-in-Time (PiT) Count in Comox.
Read the full report here.