This report provides the background, the methodology and a summary of the data of the 2016 Prince George Point‐in‐Time (PiT) Homeless Count. This is Prince George’s third Homeless Count, although it is the first one that has been conducted as part of a national coordinated initiative of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).
This coordinated Point‐in‐Time Count is a Federal Government initiative under Employment and Social Development Canada. All 61 HPS Designated Communities were invited to participate. It was required that the Count be held within the first 4 months of 2016.
It was recognized that if communities across Canada were to use similar methods and similar questions in a PiT count that is conducted around the same time of year, a national picture of homelessness could emerge. Having a greater number of communities conducting the count in the same way at the same time would contribute to a broader picture of homelessness across Canada. This could then be a benchmark against which progress in reducing homelessness can be measured.