Point in Time Homeless Count

The Point in Time (PiT) Homeless Count & Survey is a coordinated event where persons experiencing homelessness are counted and asked a number of questions to get a snapshot in time of those experiencing homelessness in the community.

Following direction from Alberta’s Medical Officer of Health and Alberta Health, the 2020 PIT Count and Survey was postponed in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The City of Red Deer has been working closely with local partners and communities across Alberta to develop a plan to conduct a safe, modified PiT Count with careful consideration of the current COVID-19 situation. The City of Red Deer will continue to work with our local Medical Officer of Health to explore options to continue with some form of count in 2021, in coordination with our 7-Cities partners. 

The PIT count is only one tool of many to collect data that allows us to identify trends and key issues related to homelessness in Red Deer, and measure progress on the Community Housing and Homelessness Integrated Plan. Shelter and program data is used by policy makers, service providers and funders in planning and making changes and decisions for housing related programs and services in Red Deer. The PIT Count and Survey is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy. More information can be found in our 2021 PIT Count FAQ (pdf) .