On April 11 and 12, 2018, The City of Lethbridge participated in the Government of Canada’s second Homeless Partnership Strategy Coordinated Point-In-Time (PIT) count. The Count offers a snapshot of homelessness across Canada. Alberta’s 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness (7 Cities) coordinated the Alberta Count in order to better understand homelessness in Alberta. The 7 Cities are: The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Grande Prairie, Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge.
This year marked the first nationally-coordinated PIT count, using an updated standardized methodology across Canada. For the first time, the count included data for health and correctional facilities and short-term supportive housing units, making comparison with previous years difficult.