Everybody Counts: Durham Region's 2018 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count & Registry Week
Community Development Council Durham (CDCD), in partnership with Durham Mental Health Services (DMHS), is spearheading an initiative called the Everybody Counts: Durham Region’s 2018 Point-in-Time (PiT) Count & Registry Week. This initiative sought to enumerate and survey the homeless population in Durham Region.
What is the PiT Count?
The PiT Count will provide an estimated snapshot of the extent and nature of homelessness in Durham Region. It will gather information on both the number of persons/families experiencing homelessness, as well as their demographic characteristics and service needs. It is done during 24 hours to reduce duplication, and to make it as cost and resource effective as possible. There will be an approximate three-hour timespan surrounding midnight when the actual count will take place. It is scheduled for when most people will be off the street if they have somewhere else to go, and people will be more likely to be settled down where they are planning to spend the night.
Why is the PiT Count important?
This is the second PiT Count in Durham Region. It will provide reliable estimates on how many persons/families are homeless. By comparing our results over time we will be able to gauge if homelessness is increasing, decreasing or staying the same, and if our community is making any progress towards addressing homelessness.
Findings from the PiT Count will demonstrate housing and service needs specific to Durham Region. It will also provide information to aid organizations, funders, and all levels of government plan for the funding and service needs of homeless persons/families in Durham Region.
What is the Registry Week and why is it important?
The Registry Week is a comprehensive check‐in across our communities to not only count, but to identify as many people as possible who are experiencing homelessness. A short health and housing survey will be completed with all people experiencing homelessness who are willing to participate (including those who are staying in emergency shelters or on the street). The community will then work to support those identified as most vulnerable to access housing outreach services as quickly as possible.
Where can the 2018 PiT Count results be found?
Results are available here.
For more information, please contact Nathan Gardner, Team Lead – Community Development, 905 686 2662 ext 119 firstname.lastname@example.org