Point-In-Time Count of Nunavummiut Experiencing Homelessness

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The first ever point-in-time homeless count, commissionedby the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Family Services. was conducted in February 2014in Nunavut’s three regional centers: Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay and Rankin Inlet.

Direct counts of Nunavummiut experiencing absolute homelessness (individuals and families without housing that stay in shelters, huts, sheds or tents) took place over 3 days in these three communities. The count alsoincludes confidential and anonymous surveys with individuals that self-identified as being homeless. Homeless service providers and community partners in Nunavut’s 22 communities were contacted via telephone and asked about the extent of homelessness in their communities. The results of these surveys inform us of ways these individuals came to be homeless, what supports are needed to lead them out of homelessness, and recommendations for action.

"We know that homelessness is a serious issue, and we need to document the true extent of homelessness in a way that includes the voice of those directly affected," said Jeannie Ugyuk, Minister of Family Services. "Better policy and programming depend on both accurate data, and on understanding the problem from the point of view of communities."

The study includes interviews with community partners who work with individuals experiencing homelessness across Nunavut, and with those who provide services to the homeless from gateway communities, including Yellowknife.

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