With no universally agreed definition of homelessness and no standardized instruments for measuring it, one of the most common ways to measure homelessness is through ‘point-in-time’ counts. We will hear from two experts on the value and limitations of those counts as they attempt to answer the following questions: How are those counts done? Are homeless populations undercounted? Why are homeless persons undercounted/difficult to count? How can we improve the accuracy and availability of data on for homeless populations? Are there measures/indicators that should be used specifically to track homeless populations.
Patrick Hunter, PhD is lead analyst with the Community Development and Homelessness Partnerships Directorate
Employment and Social Development Canada, responsible for the development of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS) PiT Count Approach and is the author of the HPS Guide to Point-in-Time Counts in Canada.
Peter Connery, Applied Survey Research, has collected secondary data and collaborated with members of communities to develop data that otherwise would not be available. He has also worked on homeless census and surveys for Monterey, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara, Riverside, Orange, Sonoma, and Riverside counties, as well as leading the ASR work on the Voices of Youth Count.