Everyone Counts 2020 is the third nationally Coordinated Point-in-Time Count of homelessness in Canada, supported by Employment and Social Development Canada. A Point-in-Time Count is intended to identify how many people in a community experience homelessness at any given time – it is not an exhaustive count.
This initiative, referred to locally as the Point in Time Connection, is a joint planning effort with City of Hamilton’s Housing Services Division and the local Indigenous community through the Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership (CHIL). The City of Hamilton joins communities across Canada in conducting surveys to better understand the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
The next Point in Time Connection will take place November 15 to 19, 2021
Through the accompanying anonymous survey, the initiative provides information on the demographics and service needs of the local population experiencing homelessness. 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. Locally, the initiative is referred to as the Point in Time Connection.
The voluntary survey will be conducted by agency staff at all emergency shelters, violence against women shelters, transitional housing and drop in locations, and by street outreach workers doing engagement and survey with those in unsheltered locations. There will be an Indigenous led Magnet Event on Wednesday, November 17, from 11 am to 7 pm at Beasley Park to provide opportunity for Indigenous community members to be surveyed by Indigenous surveyors.
We are committed to sharing back Hamilton’s Point in Time Connection results with the community. The goal of Housing Services and the Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership is to share key preliminary findings in early December, and, at a later date, report a comprehensive update on the influences and experiences of homelessness in our community. In keeping with the principles of Indigenous data sovereignty, such as Ownership, Control, Access and Possession®, CHIL will lead the analysis of Indigenous respondent data and the City of Hamilton will not use this data without the approval of CHIL.
- Hamilton was the second community in Ontario to undertake homelessness enumeration in 2016 and one of the first to put in place a Coordinated Access system underpinned by a By-Name Priority List.
- Hamilton’s PiTC was initially planned for April 2020, however was subsequently postponed by the City of Hamilton and CHIL due to COVID-19 response and impacts, and to await further direction from Federal and Provincial Governments. Following this, we were given a range of options to conduct a required PiTC in 2021.
- Unlike in previous years, no additional volunteers will be recruited to support the surveying. The surveying will be conducted over the course of the week in order to: ease the burden on agency staff working to complete the surveys and provide essential services in the community; to enable more time to safely connect with individuals and families in a variety of settings; and to avoid large gatherings to reduce the risk of infection and community spread of COVID-19 within these settings.
View 2018 Results
During the initiative, 235 volunteers and professional social service staff canvassed Hamilton’s urban, suburban and rural areas, emergency shelters, drop-in programs and community agencies. Together we surveyed 338 individuals and completed 48 family surveys. This initiative continues to support the efforts of the 20,000 Homes Campaign.
The Point in Time Connection continues to support a national campaign led by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness to house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness by July 1, 2020. Hamilton was one of the first cities in Canada to pilot 20,000 Homes.
View 2016 Results
2016 Survey Results
263 volunteers and professional social service staff canvassed Hamilton’s urban, suburban and rural areas, emergency shelters, hospitals and community agencies. Together we surveyed 504 individuals experiencing homelessness. Hamilton’s count continues to support the efforts of the 20,000 Homes Campaign.
Homelessness Policy & Programs
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4666
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