Nipissing Counts 2021: A Count and Survey of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness in the Nipissing District

On Wednesday October 13, 2021 beginning at 8:00am through to October 14, 2021 at 7:59am, the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) oversaw the implementation of a 24 hour enumeration of homelessness in the Nipissing District. This initiative included both a Point-in- Time (PiT) count and survey that was funded by the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI). The count and survey of individuals experiencing homelessness took place within the communities of North Bay, Mattawa, West Nipissing, Temagami, East Ferris, Callander, Chisholm, and South Algonquin. The objective of this year’s enumeration was not only to gather demographic and numerical information on the District’s homeless population, but also to use this information with consent to add individuals to the District’s first operational By-Name List registry. The results from this event will assist the DNSSAB and District community partners including local municipalities, service and support providers, to triage clients effectively to services, help these individuals on a needs-basis based on prioritization, and advocate for resources necessary to end homelessness. Further, this data will assist in the decision-making process surrounding policies and programs, with the goal of reaching the DNSSAB’s vision of creating health communities without poverty.

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