The association in charge of Metro Vancouver’s annual homeless count is looking for more help for the 2017 tally.
BC Non-Profit Housing says it needs a total of 1,200 volunteers to get the most accurate number of homeless people across the region.
The association’s CEO Kishone Roy says the number will be a big factor in how funding will be handed out following the spring provincial election.
“This is a year where municipalities have started to step up in a really big way. They’re very involved in the count. They’re starting to put together land and cash and other contributions to help support the local populations who are homeless,” he says.
“We will be asking the government to step up and produce the funds that are going to eventually solve not only homelessness, but also the crisis that we’re having in rental housing and affordable housing. These count results will be out before the election.”
Roy says they have around 900 volunteers, but communities like Surrey, the North Shore, New Westminster and Burnaby still need the additional help of about 300 people combined.
This year’s homeless count takes place on March 7 and 8.