20,000 Homes / Built for Zero Collaborative
We are excited to announce that Peel Region has been selected as one of five pilot communities to participate in the 20,000 Homes / Built for Zero Collaborative. The joint initiative is led by Community Solutions in the US, and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness in Canada. The year-long peer-learning experience is designed to help communities develop a By-Name List, drive down their homelessness numbers, and work towards a coordinated homelessness service system. The Collaborative is a proven coaching and peer learning model, drawn from the healthcare sector.
In Peel, a PAEH workgroup has been formed to lead the 20,000 Homes / Built for Zero Collaborative. The goal is to activate local leadership, harness the power of community data, and accelerate an end to chronic and high-acuity homelessness in the community.
2018 Homelessness Enumeration
The PAEH is working in partnership with the Region of Peel to conduct a joint Registry Week / Point-in-Time Count in April 2018.
A Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, also known as a homeless count, a street count, or a homelessness census is the enumeration of the homeless population on a specific day. It is a “snapshot” of homelessness, and typically counts sheltered and unsheltered individuals such as those in emergency shelters, transitional houses, violence against women shelters, living on streets or places not fit for human habitation, and even people staying in hospitals or jails with no fixed address. The data collected is anonymous and consists of demographic information.
A Registry Week is an attempt to better understand our community’s homeless population. The goal is to know individuals experiencing homelessness by name and assess the depth of their need. It is a coordinated effort where team of volunteers canvass emergency shelters, key streets, areas, and drop-in locations to survey individuals who are experiencing homelessness using the VI-SPDAT tool. This survey is not anonymous and contains personal information that can identify the client. The survey focuses less on demographics and more on the needs and acuity level of the client. The survey results are meant to prioritize clients for services that will help them end their homelessness.