About this Toolkit

About this Toolkit

In addition to this Toolkit and the guidance provided by HPS, the COH will provide individual support to communities that are participating in the HPS Coordinated PiT Count in 2016. Communities are encouraged to contact Jesse Donaldson, COH Point-in-Time Count Coordinator, with questions about planning, implementation, survey design and all other aspects of the PiT Count methodology.  

HPS and the COH will also provide training to participating communities. Further information about in-person and online training will be made available in August 2015. 

For more information about the current Toolkit or our forthcoming resources, contact:

Jesse Donaldson
COH Point-in-Time Count Coordinator
416 736-2100 x 33207 

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) acknowledges with thanks the financial support of the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (Employment and Social Development Canada) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. 

This Toolkit has been adapted from a previously unpublished methodology and Toolkit, prepared by Alina Turner of Turner Research & Strategy Inc., with support from the National Homeless Count Research Advisory Team and the HPS PiT Count Working Group.

Members include:

National Homeless Count Research Advisory Team

Meaghan Bell Calgary Homeless Foundation
Wally Czech City of Lethbridge
Debbie Kraus Metro Vancouver
Marlene Mulder Homeward Trust Edmonton
Scott Pennington City of Toronto
Giri Puligandla Homeward Trust Edmonton

HPS PiT Count Working Group

Meaghan Bell Calgary Homeless Foundation
Darren Cooney Province of Ontario Homelessness Secretariat
Wally Czech City of Lethbridge
Jesse Donaldson Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH)
Gwenda Drover Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency
Dr. Stephen Gaetz Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH)
Bob Hughes ASK Wellness (Kamloops, BC)
Michelle Lemoine Brandon, MB
Mark Anderson Brandon, MB
Celine Mauboules City of Vancouver
Cindy Sue Montana McCormack SPRC Hamilton
Marie Morrison Region of Waterloo
Bruce Pearce End Homelessness St. John's (St. John’s, NL)
Giri Puligandla Homeward Trust Edmonton
Laural Raine City of Toronto
Tim Richter Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH)
Ken Salter ASK Wellness (Kamloops, BC)
Joseph Stalteri City of Toronto
Marcel Swain Lu’ma Native Housing Society (Vancouver, BC)
Matt Thompson M. Thomson Consulting
Dr. Alina Turner Turner Research and Strategy

We were also fortunate to build on the learning from other communities that have conducted PiT Counts in Canada. In particular, we drew on the work done by the Government of BC, Housing & Urban Development (US), the City of Toronto, Homeward Trust Edmonton and the Calgary Homeless Foundation.

The Alberta 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness piloted many of the methods proposed in this Toolkit, during their first provincial Point-in-Time Homeless Count in October 2014. This provided us with a unique opportunity to test the methods in practice and revise them based on key learnings. We thank both the 7 Cities group, as well as the Alberta PiT Working Committee that did the heavy lifting in community. 

7 Cities member organizations:

  • Calgary Homeless Foundation​
  • City of Grande Prairie
  • City of Lethbridge​
  • Homeward Trust Edmonton
  • ​Medicine Hat Community Housing Society​
  • City of Red Deer
  • Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo​

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This toolkit is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.

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