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Preliminary Results from Regina’s First Point In Time Count of Homelessness


Preliminary Results from Regina’s First Point In Time Count of Homelessness

In May of 2015, around 150 people took to Regina’s streets and shelters to enumerate and survey our City’s homeless community. This was Regina’s first Point In Time Count of Homelessness, a research tool used to gather a snap shot of information about shelter use and street homelessness.

“We were overwhelmed by the support from both Volunteers and Regina’s Non-Profit sector that helped make Regina’s first Point In Time Count a success,” says John Bailey, General Manager of Community Development for the YMCA of Regina, the organization that oversaw the Count.

The Count helps us better understand the scope of street homelessness and shelter use in Regina, though the greatest value of this research method is in the data collected through surveys, and by comparing results of the same research methodology over time through future PIT Counts.

The full PIT Count report will be released this fall and the data from the PIT Count will be used to guide future funding and programming decisions, including a functional Housing First model for Regina in 2016.

The PIT Count was commissioned by Regina’s Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnering Startegy, who will allocate nearly a million dollars of Federal funding for homelessness initiatives in Regina in each of the next 3 years.  

The YMCA of Regina along with the Community Advisory Board for the Homelessness Partnering Strategy would like to sincerely thank the many individuals and organizations across the City that made this count successful.

John Bailey, General Manager of Community Development for the YMCA of Regina, will be available for comment at the downtown YMCA Wednesday, July 22nd.

He can be reached at:

Or by phone at:

(306) 527 4282

 

REGINA 2015 HOMELESS POINT-IN-TIME COUNT Preliminary Findings

Results at a Glance
On May 13, 2015 the YMCA of Regina and community partners came together to conduct the first-ever Point-in-Time Homeless Count. Over 150 volunteers and 34 organizations participated in the count.

This effort is part of a broader collaboration with the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness to develop a harmonized approach to homeless counts nationally.  Regina is among the first jurisdictions to implement measures towards a more standardized methodology, leading the way in Canada.

This count serves two important functions: it provides a current snapshot of our overall homeless population and enables us to examine how this population changes over time. By aligning methods across Canada, we can examine trends using the same definitions. Ultimately, this helps us inform solutions to support the goal of ending homelessness.

Snapshot of Homelessness in Regina
A total of 232 people were enumerated on the night of the count. Results show:

  • 54.3% (126) of those counted were in emergency shelter.
  • 26.7% (62) were in a transitional housing facility.
  • A further 12.1% (28) were enumerated during the street count. 
  • 6.9% (16) were sheltered in a public system (detox).
  • In total, 8 (3.4%) were either observed or self-reported they were sleeping rough (in parks, on the street, etc.).
  • Note that there were 9 persons reported to be turned away in the facilities; the timing of the Count was intended to ensure that enumerators would encounter those not accessing facilities, however, this cannot be guaranteed and these individuals may have been missed in the street survey. We also do not know the reason for the persons to be turned away. 

*Conducting a street count is not precise. Many variables will affect whether someone observed outside at the time of the Count will remain outside for the duration of the night or already have alternative shelter plans.

Key Findings
Of the 232 enumerated, 66 or 28.4%, participated in the full facility and street survey.  In addition, facility staff reported data on observed demographics. From these sources, the following trends emerged:

  • The gender breakdown was: 34.6% female and 64.4% male using observed facility data and self-reported street survey data.
  • Notably, 42.7% of were children and youth up to the age of 24, totaling 73 using data from using observed facility data and self-reported street survey data. Of these, 63 were children under 18 – 36.8% of the total.
  • 75.0% were Aboriginal using data from using observed facility data and self-reported street survey data. All 100% of those who participated in the street survey were Aboriginal.
  • Of those surveyed, 13.6% reported having a total of 30 accompanying minors with them.
  • Notably, 28.3% of those surveyed reported being new to Regina (under 1 year).
  • Of those surveyed, 4.8% reported being immigrants to Canada.
  • 7.8% reported serving in the Canadian military or RCMP.
  • 45.5% were experiencing chronic or episodic homelessness.
  • 80.3% self-reported a medical condition, and/or addiction, and/or mental health condition.
  • About one third (32.8%) of adult respondents first experienced homelessness as children (under 18).
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