April 11 & 12 - Edmonton's 2018 Point in Time (Pit) Homeless Count

Edmonton’s 13th Point in Time (PiT) Homeless Count will be happening April 11 and 12, 2018.

The Homeless Count, held every two years, is a collective effort that provides a snapshot of homelessness in our community, while monitoring changes and trends in the homeless population over time. The count adds additional depth and context to real-time data available through the By Name List of people experiencing homelessness. 

The 2016 Homeless Count identified 1752 people experiencing homelessness, down 24% from the previous count in 2014 and 43% from 2008.

People are surveyed by volunteers on predetermined routes across the city, as well as at sites such as shelters, drop-in centres, libraries, bottle depots, and in parkland. Additionally, data provided by shelters, health care facilities, and justice facilities is included in the count.

The 2018 count moves to April to align with the second national coordinated homeless count. Everyone Counts 2018 takes place between March and April in more than 60 communities across Canada. This will also be the second time the PIT count in Edmonton will be aligned provincially with Alberta’s seven largest cities- the 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness.

The Homeless Count is made possible with the support of hundreds of volunteers. Registration will open mid-February. More information on volunteering and on the Homeless Count can be found on our website: http://homewardtrust.ca/planning-research/homeless-count/