The results are in from the latest Point-in-Time Count of homelessness in our area.
Over a 24-hour period in October, volunteers counted 300 people living in various forms of homelessness.
Of the 213 people who answered the survey, the majority were being temporarily housed in women’s shelters, in public institutions such as jails or hospitals, or were transitionally housed.
A dozen individuals were unsheltered and living in areas like public spaces or abandoned buildings.
Thirty-one were in hidden homelessness, including couch surfing.
Nearly half had no shelter for six months or more and were considered chronically homeless.
31 survey respondents indicated that their most recent housing loss was related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s survey included, for the first time, a By-Name List (BNL) homelessness registry.
“In addition to the valuable information provided by Point in Time counts, this year’s By Name List is another tool that helps to track and support the individuals and families moving in and out of homelessness, connecting them to the most appropriate housing, services and supports,” says DNSSAB Board Chair, Mark King. “This also provides data needed to advocate for sufficient resources to respond to, and prevent, homelessness.”
Surveys were conducted at approximately 46 locations across North Bay, West Nipissing, Mattawa, Temagami, East Ferris, Chisholm and South Algonquin.