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2018 Point in Time Count Results Released for Grande Prairie
Posted Date: 7/19/2018

228 people experiencing homelessness were counted in Grande Prairie during the third province-wide Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of Homelessness.

PiT Counts serve two important functions: they provide a current snapshot of the demographics and number of people experiencing homelessness in the city and enable an examination of changes in homelessness over time.

Results Summary:

  • 63% male, 37% female
  • 8% dependants under 18, 14% independent youth between ages 13-24, 48% between the ages 25-44, 30% between the ages of 45-64.
  • 61% sleeping in an emergency shelter, 14% residential treatment, 10% motel/hotel (sponsored), 6% incarcerated/holding cell, 2% respondent doesn’t know, 3% other unsheltered location/public space, 2% transitional housing, 2% hospital.
  • 44% of those counted as experiencing homelessness were Indigenous
  • 54 people counted had been in Grande Prairie less than a year
  • 40 people were counted living in transitional housing programs
  • 53% of people counted were chronically homeless

“The PiT Count is an opportunity to gather city-specific data about emerging local trends", says Forrest McGregor, Research and Evaluation Analyst. “Advocacy efforts remain focused on affordable housing, as well as permanently supported housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness.”

A new route was added to capture people experiencing homelessness living in motels or staying with friends and family. This form of homelessness is hard to capture and often remains “hidden” because these individuals are not engaged in mainstream services.

2018 marks the first time Indigenous survey respondents were asked which nation or nations they identified with.

Over 50 volunteers were involved in the Count. Partnerships with local organizations, a community-based planning group and support from HIV North’s Street Outreach Team to cover priority areas were key to increasing the reach of the Count and deepening the understanding of homelessness in Grande Prairie.

See the entire 2018 Point in Time Count report on the City of Grande Prairie website: http://www.cityofgp.com/pitcount.

The 2018 Count was funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy as part of a national count. It was completed with the 7 Cities on Housing and Homelessness. 5,735 people experiencing homelessness were counted in total across Alberta.