The Kenora District Services Board is hoping to better understand and quantify homelessness. Through the support of the Ministry of Housing, the KDSB has begun conducting its first Period Prevalence Count of homelessness in each of the nine municipalities of the Kenora District.

A Period Prevalence Count is a method for counting and obtaining information about people who are experiencing homelessness and can help communities track changes over time. The KDSB says that the PPC can be used to obtain more information that can support communities and the province in developing strategies or solutions to address homelessness.

“Homelessness is a challenge that all of our communities struggle with,” said Henry Wall, Chief Administrative Officer for the KDSB.

“In order to address it, we must first understand what it looks like and what it means to be homeless. This initiative will help our communities to better understand and quantify homelessness.”

The PPC will be collecting information about those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in the region. Information collected will include: frequency and reasoning for being homeless, age, race, gender identity and factors that impact homelessness.

The study has already began in the district. The KDSB, with the help of various community partners, will continue to conduct the PPC throughout the rest of May. The results of the study will be used for future service planning and results will be made available to the public, local agencies and local government.

The services board adds that homelessness has become a complex issue in the district, with many people experiencing homelessness at some point in their lives. They add that some people who experience homelessness do not make use of conventional facilities, such as emergency shelters, making it difficult to plan appropriate services and supports.

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