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Point in time count coming to Campbell River next week

The Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness will be doing a one-day point in time survey next week.

The survey will be done on Wednesday and teams will be at many key locations for surveys, according to the coalition.

They add surveys can also be done over the phone with two different phone numbers to be provided, and unhoused are also invited to do in person surveys at the Campbell River Library.

The coalition says these surveys are sometimes known as “homeless counts”, but coordinator Stefanie Hendrickson says that can be inaccurate.

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“Really what we’re looking for is what it looks like to be unconventionally housed in Campbell River,” said Hendrickson.

They add the survey looks at more than homelessness and delves into people who “sleep unconventionally.”

This could include those who stay with friends or acquaintances, sometimes known as couch surfing, sleep in vehicles, boats or RVs, camping, sleeping unsheltered or staying in shelters or transitional housing.

“Basically, we anonymously and confidentially survey as many people as possible in 24-hours who have unique living situations where they don’t pay rent,” the coalition said.

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The data is used by the province to understand what is happening on the ground in communities and it can help them guide responses to specific areas of concern.

More information about the coalition can be found on their Facebook page.

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