In 2018 communities within the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville will take part in a coordinated week-long effort to measure homelessness.
Homelessness in Leeds and Grenville is often not apparent; families and individuals may be living in unstable housing situations, such as staying temporarily with friends, or couch surfing. During the week of the enumeration, trained volunteers and agency staff will survey individuals who are staying in shelters, temporary housing, and sleeping unsheltered. It will provide a period prevalence count of homelessness in Leeds and Grenville.
The “Promoting Affordable Housing Act, 2016, requires The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville to conduct an enumeration of people experiencing homelessness in their service area. The Housing Department is leading the enumeration as the local service manager for homelessness programs. A local steering committee has been formed of various social agencies throughout Leeds Grenville to support and guide the enumeration.
The enumeration titled #ShareYourStoryLG, is planned to take place in May 2018. Local agencies that provide services to persons affected by homelessness are being requested to participate in the survey and complete the Homelessness Enumeration Survey with clientele. Enumeration data collected will improve our understanding of the needs and circumstances of people who are affected by homelessness in our community. The survey will provide key data on gender, age, ethnicity, veteran status, and more. The data will be shared publically and will help the province, the Housing Department, and local agencies better understand the scale and nature of homelessness and improve our response to homelessness.
The Steering Committee is seeking organizations that are interested in participating in the enumeration; agencies should contact the Housing Department as soon as possible at 613-342-3840 ext. 2328 to make arrangements. Further information can also be found on the Counties website at www.leedsgrenville.com under Services/Housing/Social Housing/Homelessness Enumeration.
For Further Information, please contact Alison Tutak, Director of Community and Social Services, at (613) 342-3840 or 1-800-267-8146 for further information.