2023 Homeless Count in New Westminster

Help conduct anonymous surveys with people experiencing homelessness.

What is the Homeless Count?

The Homeless Count identifies people experiencing homelessness and engages them in a brief anonymous survey. The data collected is shared with government agencies, service providers, community groups, and funding organizations, for the purposes of developing programs that address homelessness. It’s also used as a measurement tool for tracking the rate of homelessness and the success of these programs.

Who is conducting the 2023 Homeless Count?

The 2023 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver is an initiative of the Reaching Home Community Entity; Lu’ma Native Housing Society, and Community Advisory Board (CAB). The Homeless Count is delivered in partnership with the Indigenous Reaching Home Community Entity, the Indigenous Homelessness Steering Committee, the Council of Community Homelessness Tables, and Homelessness Services Association of BC. The New Westminster count is also delivered in partnership with the City of New Westminster and the New Westminster Homelessness Coalition Society.

How can you get involved?
Qualified volunteers are needed to help conduct the surveys. The street survey typically involves walking, biking or driving around a neighbourhood looking for individuals to survey. The shelter survey is conducted in various shelters across the region. Shifts range from two to seven hours, and volunteers work in teams of two. All volunteers will need to attend a training session on Monday Feb. 27, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Holy Trinity Cathedral. For a list of qualifications and the application form, visit the 2023 Homeless Count website.

Persons with lived experience of poverty and/or homelessness may apply for one of nine paid positions, at a rate of $35/hour.

Have questions?

For more information, contact Mariam Larson, Local Coordinator, 2023 Homeless Count: 604.515.1718 or NWCount2023@hsa-bc.ca

Homelessness Action Week October 11 – 17, 2020 #HAW2020

#HAW2020 Official Poster

New Westminster #HAW2020 Official Calendar

Activity Posters:

Thanksgiving Monday Takeaway Lunch courtesy of the BC Nurses Union and the Salvation

Tuesday Community Dialogue: What can we do to address the housing crisis in New Westminster? Lower Mainland Purpose Society

Wednesday NW Outreach Health Clinic and Women and Children’s Dental Hygiene Care Clinic

Flu Immunization Clinics (All Welcome)

Tuesday October 13, 2020

9:30 am – 11:30 am Holy Trinity Cathedral 514 Carnarvon St.

Thursday October 15, 2020

9:30 am – 11:30 am Lookout’s The Russell, Honeymoon Suite (Carnarvon/Alexander St.)

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm St. Barnabas 1010 5th Ave.

Friday October 16th, 2020 WORLD FOOD DAY – Celebrating our Local Food Heroes

Watch New Westminster Community Food Action’s Facebook page from October 11 – 16 as we recognize our local food heroes. The community is also encouraged to do a shout out to your local food heroes on October 16 using #WorldFoodDay #FoodHeroes and #EverbodyNeedsToEat. Food Heroes will be entered into a prize draw!

If you would like to support #HAW2020 in any way please contact Betina, the Coalition and Projects Coordinator.

Homeless Count 2020 – Call for Volunteers in New West and Greater Vancouver

The 2020 Homeless Count team is recruiting qualified volunteers for the 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver. The Count will take place throughout the region inside shelters during the evening of Tuesday, March 3, 2020 and on streets throughout the day and evening of Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

By volunteering for the Count, you are helping to gather valuable information used by governments, service providers, community groups, and funders so they can plan for appropriate programs to address homelessness and measure progress in reducing homelessness.

To complete the online application form and for more information, please go to: https://www.vancitycommunityfoundation.ca/initiatives/2020-homeless-count

What’s involved

The Homeless Count involves identifying and conducting a brief anonymous survey with people experiencing homelessness. The street survey typically involves walking, biking or driving around a neighbourhood looking for individuals to survey. The shelter survey is conducted in various shelters across the region.  Shifts will be 2 to 3 hours and volunteers will be required to attend a 2-hour training session sometime between February 10 and March 2, 2020. Volunteers will work in teams of 2 and must be 19 years of age or older.

Ideal volunteers

While everyone is welcome to apply, to ensure the scientific integrity and a proper implementation of the Count we are looking for volunteers with specific skills and experience, such as:

  • experience with previous homeless counts or professional/volunteer experience working with people experiencing homelessness;
  • compassion, acceptance, and comfort with one-on-one conversations with people on the street;
  • a non-judgmental attitude and a good sense of humour.

Background

Homeless counts have taken place in Metro Vancouver every three years since 2002 and every year in the City of Vancouver since 2010.  They provide critical information on the number and characteristics of our region’s homeless population and how this population has changed over time.

The 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver is an initiative of the Reaching Home Interim Community Entity, Vancity Community Foundation and Community Advisory Board (CAB). The Homeless Count is delivered in partnership with the Indigenous Reaching Home Community Entity, the Indigenous Homelessness Steering Committee, the Council of Community Homelessness Tables, and is conducted by BC Non-Profit Housing Association.