The PIT Count will provide an estimated snapshot of the extent and nature of homelessness in the Durham Region. It gathers information on both the number of persons/families experiencing homelessness, as well as their demographic characteristics and service needs. It is done during 24 hours to reduce duplication and to make it as cost and resource-effective as possible.
It is scheduled for when most people are off the street if they have somewhere else to go, and people are more likely to be settled down where they are planning to spend the night. Pit Counts are performed in communities all across Canada, where the information is gathered to assist local and broader planning efforts.
To find out more about Durham Region’s previous Counts visit: https://www.cdcd.org/pitcount/
To learn more about Pit Counts in Canada visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/homelessness/resources/point-in-time.htm
The Homeless Hub has also provided additional information on Canada’s Pit Counts, found here: https://www.homelesshub.ca/solutions/monitoring-progress/point-time-counts