The Winnipeg Street Census 2018 was conducted in April, marking our second attempt to gain a comprehensive view of homelessness in Winnipeg. The aim was to provide a snapshot of those experiencing homelessness, some of the reasons for it, and barriers to exiting. Over a 24 hour period, almost 300 volunteers and staff collected data from 64 emergency, domestic violence and youth shelters, transitional housing sites, bottle depots, and community agencies and/or drop in locations. The Street Census contains numbers and statistics that policy makers and community leaders in Winnipeg use for decision-making. Behind each number are individuals who on a single night, and many previous nights, did not have a safe place they could call their home. They shared their stories and time in the hope that this information will lead to change. Winnipeg Street Census 2018, which featured about 1570 people, built on the similar survey conducted in October 2015, updating and improving the methods based on what was learned. We hope that the 2018 results will provide a baseline for future street census surveys.
The official launch of the Winnipeg Street Census 2018 report is scheduled for October 10th, 2018.
More information is available at streetcensuswpg.ca
Stay tuned for more details.