On April 11, the City of Lethbridge's Social Housing In Action (SHIA) committee will be participating in the National Point-in-Time (PiT) count. This year, the local count will be coordinated by McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association.
Volunteers in Lethbridge and many other communities will be working this Wednesday evening to gather a portrait of homelessness in our community. Volunteers will visit areas around the city as well as facilities such as shelters, remand centres, hospitals and other identified sites to collect data on how many people experiencing homelessness were under their care that night.
The count will provide data that will help ensure the vulnerable population in Lethbridge has access to the best system of care focused on ending homelessness. The data also provides a measurement and baseline to assess year-over-year changes in the population of people experiencing homelessness in the community.
Lethbridge is collaborating with our federal and provincial governments to end homelessness. The 2018 Point-In-Time count in Lethbridge is funded by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy, a community-based program that aims to prevent and reduce homelessness by providing help and financial support to 61 communities, as well as to Indigenous, rural and remote communities across Canada, to help address local homelessness needs.