2017 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver


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Homeless counts have taken place in Metro Vancouver every three years since 2002 and every year in Vancouver since 2010. The 2017 Count will take place throughout the region over a 24-hour period between March 7 and March 8, 2017 and will include a shelter and street component.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Shelter Count

  • A count and brief surveys with people staying overnight in emergency shelters, transition houses for women fleeing violence, youth safe houses and detox facilities by trained volunteers or staff.
  • Basic data on people with No Fixed Address who are in a hospital or corrections facility.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Street Count

  • A count and brief surveys with homeless people who are unsheltered (living outside, including in alleys, doorways, parkades, parks, vehicles and on boats) or who are couchsurfing and using homelessness services on March 8.

Purpose: The Homeless Count provides critical information on the number and characteristics of our region’s homeless population and how this population has changed over time. Service providers, planners, community groups, health authorities, municipalities and funders use information from the Homeless Counts to assist in policy development, planning, and prioritizing programs and services to address the needs of people who are homeless.

Volunteers: We will recruit approximately 1200 volunteers for the Homeless Count. If you are interested in volunteering for a 2 hour shift on either Tuesday (7th) or Wednesday (8th), click here to get more information on what is involved and to apply to volunteer.

Apply to Volunteer

Training: As in past years, all volunteers must attend a 2-hour training session on how to conduct the survey.

Partners: BCNPHA is conducting the Homeless Count on behalf of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s Community Entity Metro Vancouver. Our 2017 partners are


Questions? Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact Peer-Daniel Krause, Project Manager, BCNPHA by email at peer-daniel@bcnpha.ca