Continuing and Shifting Patterns in Nanaimo's Homeless Population: Based on the February 9, 2016 First Nation-Wide Point-in-Time Count

On February 9, 2016, Nanaimo conducted their sixth homelessness count. This was the first year that Service Canada conducted a Nation-wide Point in Time count (PiT Count). The federal data was used to influence federal funds for homelessness as well as trends for federal census. The sample of the study consisted of 174 people who were asked a series of federal and local questions about their experience being homeless. A magnet event and fixed sites throughout the city enabled Nanaimo to control the count to the best of their ability. Although over 200 surveys were done, after cleaning, 174 were reported on. Continuing trends over time included gender, ethnicity, sources of income, location, and suggestions to implement change. This year’s count enabled us to track themes since 2005 as well as conclude with some recommendations for the Nanaimo Homeless Coalition to help end homelessness.

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Nanaimo, B.C., Canada