The lack of data on homelessness in rural areas—and the resulting difficulty many communities face in getting funding to address the issue—spurred us to create a step-by-step guide of best practices for estimating homelessness in rural areas. The guide is available free of charge in both official languages to any rural community across Canada that wants a cost-effective and reliable way to determine the extent of homelessness in their town or county, allowing them to develop evidence-based strategies to reduce or prevent it.
This guide was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy’s Innovative Solutions to Homelessness and is the first guide of its kind that we’re aware of. The counts being conducted using this guide have been featured in a number of news outlets. For more details, please visit our news page