Press Release – 2008 Homeless count

Press Release for the Burnaby Task Force on Homelessness

Metro Vancouver Homeless Count

The 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count is scheduled to take place during a 24-hour period on the night of Monday March 10th and the daytime of Tuesday, March 11th 2008.

Background Information

Funding for this critical initiative is being provided by the Homelessness Partnership Initiative the United Way of the Lower Mainland and the Vancouver Foundation. The Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) has hired SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of BC) as the research consultant and volunteer coordinator for the Count. SPARC BC and their team of consultants coordinated the 2005 Homeless Count.

Purpose of the Count

The purpose of the 2008 Homeless Count is to produce an updated estimate of the street and sheltered homeless, a demographic profile of this population, and identify trends in relation to previous counts. This information is then used to aid in service planning and inform policy development.

Burnaby

The Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness is coordinating the count for Burnaby. The Burnaby Task Force On Homelessness is working directly with the RCMP and many social service agencies to enumerate people who are dealing with homelessness in Burnaby.

2002 Count identified 17 homeless in Burnaby.

2005 Count identified 40 homeless in Burnaby.

It is understood that a 24 hour snapshot results in conservative numbers.

However, this methodology is statistically correct and provides “census” information about homelessness over many years.

Media personnel are invited to attend a Burnaby Homeless Count media launch at the Burnaby Alliance Church 8611 Armstrong Ave at 1pm on Tuesday March 11th.

Initial results from the Metro Vancouver 2008 Count will be released at 9am on April 8 at the United Way 4543 Canada Way Burnaby.

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