Prince Edward-Lennox & Addington Social Services (PELASS) is participating in Ontario’s homeless enumeration, the first province-wide count of its kind in Canada.
From May 6th – 13th, PELASS will be completing a local homeless enumeration through a Period Prevalence Count. The count will be managed by PELASS and will be done in collaboration with a range of community partners and stakeholders including food banks, shelters, health care providers, indigenous organizations, schools and churches.
The Period Prevalence Count will collect information over a one week period by the participating service providers in the two counties and collated by PELASS through the use of surveys done by the service users. Those interested by also visit each of the PELASS offices located in Lennox & Addington & Prince Edward Counties from May 6th – 13th. Offices are located in the following locations:
- Napanee – 95 Advance Ave, Napanee
- Picton – 229 Main Street, Picton
- Amherstview – 20 Manitou Cres. W., Amherstview
- Northbrook - Land O' Lakes Community Services, 12497A Highway 41
This type of count can provide a more complete picture of homelessness in small, rural and northern communities where homelessness is less visible. No names or personal identifiers are included in the count and the information gathered is compiled and reported as a total of each county and as a whole for the Service Manager area.
The information that is collected over the week will be used by the Ministry of Housing and PELASS to help plan appropriate programs and services for people experiencing housing problems or homelessness. The data from anonymous questionnaires will be shared municipally/provincially/territorially and nationally to build a better understanding of homelessness across Canada.
PELASS, through the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative has received funding support from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Local homeless enumeration is the measurement of the number of people experiencing various types of homelessness over a specific period of time.
For further information, please contact Laurie McDonald from Prince Edward-Lennox & Addington Social Services at 613-354-0957 Ext. 2304.