The Homeless Count is a point-in-time count of Edmonton’s homeless population. The count serves two important functions. It provides a current snapshot of our overall homeless population and enables us to examine how this population changes over time. The results of the count are used by community agencies, researchers and government to estimate the size and demographic characteristics across time of our homeless population in order to inform our ongoing efforts to reduce homelessness.
The 2016 Homeless Count takes place October 19 & 20. For more information and to volunteer:
Key Findings in 2014 Homeless Count
- 2,307 individuals were identified as being homeless—a 28% decrease from the 3079 individuals counted in the 2008 Homeless Count
- 47% of those counted were observed to be Aboriginal
- At least 335 children under the age of 18 were without a home, an increase of 20% from 2012.
Homeless Count Committee
A committee of community members and government officials meets regularly to carry out the planning process for this important date.
This year, Edmonton’s survey is standardized with other cities across Canada and will be collected primarily through electronic data collection. Volunteers will be encouraged to bring their own devices (smartphone or tablet, does not have to be data-enabled) to collect data using a simple, easy-to-use app. Additional tablets will be available for volunteers who are unable to provide their own. There are significant advantages to electronic data collection – volunteers do not have to worry about managing or misplacing paperwork and the data analysis and results tabulation can occur much more quickly. The survey itself includes several clear, focused questions to help collect demographic information about individuals experiencing homelessness, and volunteers will receive training on how to administer the survey. All experience levels are welcome, and if you have any questions or concerns about electronic data collection please feel free to contact us!
There is no collection of data based on volunteer observation. Only responses offered by participants will be recorded. The 7 Cities in Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer, Medicine Hat, Grand Prairie, Fort McMurray) will all be conducting the Count on the same day. Some changes are being made this year to ensure the same questions are being asked across all of Alberta and most of Canada. The most obvious change to methodology in Edmonton is the addition of an outdoor night count, which will provide much more comparable numbers with other Alberta cities.