POINT-IN-TIME HOMELESS COUNT RESULTS
In the spring of 2020, the Province of British Columbia provided funding to conduct homeless counts in 16 B.C. communities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only eight of the 16 communities were able to conduct their counts before March 17, 2020, when British Columbia’s Provincial Health Officer declared a public health emergency under British Columbia’s Public Health Act. The remaining eight communities which included Oceanside completed their counts in 2021 with additional pandemic precautions. The Homelessness Services Association of BC, with support from BC Non-Profit Housing Association and Urban Matters, coordinated these counts and prepared this report. Data from counts in the count communities constitutes a benchmark to measure progress made to reduce homelessness over time.
For 24 hours, this Point in Time (PiT) Homelessness Count took place covering the Oceanside area (School District 69) starting the afternoon of April 26 and continuing through out the day of April 27, 2021. Members of the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness (OTFH) went with surveys in hand covering the expansive area of SD69; from Nanoose to Bowser, and all communities in between. A total of 87 individuals were identified as experiencing homelessness during the count. (The 2018 PiT Homeless Count identified 42 individuals.)
› Point-in-Time (PiT) homeless counts provide a snapshot of people who are experiencing homelessness in a 24-hour period, their demographic characteristics, service use and other information.
› For the purpose of counts conducted in the provincially funded B.C. communities, an individual was defined as experiencing homelessness if they did not have a place of their own where they paid rent and could expect to stay for at least 30 days. This included people who:
› Stayed overnight on the night of the count in homeless shelters, including transition houses for women fleeing violence and youth safe houses, people with no fixed address (NFA) staying temporarily in hospitals, jails or detox facilities (defined as “sheltered”); and,
› Stayed outside in alleys, doorways, parkades, parks and vehicles or were staying temporarily at someone else’s place (couch surfing) and/or using homelessness services (defined as “unsheltered”).
› During the count, we conduct surveys with people who identify as experiencing homelessness. In areas where surveys are not possible, and to support the PiT count, we collect additional information from shelter operators, hospitals, jails and BC Housing.
› PiT counts are an undercount and represent only those individuals identified during a 24-hour period.
› This is because not everyone experiencing homelessness can be found and not everyone who is found consents to be surveyed.
› While PiT counts are an accepted methodological tool, the numbers are understood to be the minimum number of people who are experiencing homelessness on a given day in that community.
› Please note the percentages are based on the number of people who responded to survey questions and not the total number of people identified as experiencing homelessness.