Volunteers needed for province-wide homeless count

Prince George will be one of 26 communities taking part in the second province-wide homeless count.

The counts will be conducted by volunteers during a 24-hour period between March and April, although a specific date hasn't been set for Prince George. The first provincial homeless count was done in 2018 and recorded 7,655 people experiencing homelessness throughout the province.

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"Homelessness in B.C. continues to be a struggle for people, and the barriers that they face vary in different communities," Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction Shane Simpson said in a press release. "Our second provincial homeless count is a way that, together, we can get a clearer understanding of what homelessness looks like in order to better support some of the most vulnerable people in B.C."

Member organizations of the Homelessness Services Association of B.C. (HSABC) and BC Housing are partnering to conduct the count and volunteers are needed to help conduct the count.

"This is a great opportunity for you to get involved with organizations working to help those in need in your community," HSABC executive director Stephen D'Souza said in a press release. "It is the work of these local organizations that ensures the counts are a success."

For information on how to take part, go online to http://hsa-bc.ca/bc-homeless-count/.

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