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Niagara Counts

Niagara Counts 2021, Niagara’s third homelessness Point-in-Time (PiT) Count, is part of a national strategy typically completed every two years.

The PiT Count provides a snapshot of homelessness at a given time with the purpose of helping to better understand who is homeless and what their needs are. This involves counting and surveying those in our community who experience:

  • Absolute homelessness (those living outside or in emergency shelters)
  • Hidden homelessness (those staying with others or "couch surfing")

Niagara will use this PiT Count as an opportunity to ensure the comprehensiveness of the Built for Zero by-name list of people experiencing homelessness.

The 2021 PiT Count took place on March 23. See the results from Niagara Counts 2021.

Goals of the Count

A successful count will allow our community to:

  • Ensure the comprehensiveness of the Built for Zero by-name list of people experiencing homelessness
  • Better understand the unique and unprecedented situation due to COVID-19 that people are experiencing so that local responses can be developed
  • Identify the characteristics and needs of the absolute and hidden homeless
  • Identify where progress is being made and where refocusing of effort is required, both geographically and for different subpopulations
  • Increase public awareness about homelessness
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