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Looking for 1200 volunteers to get involved in the second count of Montréal’s visible homeless population

I COUNT MTL 2018

The second I COUNT MTL 2018 count will take place on the night of 24 April 2018 and during the day on 25 and 26 April 2018. Teams of volunteers accompanied by team leaders will fan out across the city to meet people experiencing homelessness. After obtaining consent from participants, volunteers will ask them a few questions to get a better understanding and more accurate measure of visible homelessness in the city.

More volunteers to better cover Montréal

The City of Montréal and the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal (CCSMTL) are working together on this city-wide operation. I COUNT MTL 2018 will be carried out with the support and expertise of the Douglas Hospital Research Centre, in close collaboration with the Movement to End Homelessness in Montréal (MMFIM)I COUNT MTL 2018 is part of the City’s action plan on homelessness and intersectoral action plan on homelessness in the Montréal region (CCSMTL).

I COUNT MTL 2018 partners are looking for 1200 Montrealers to carry out a second count of the city’s visible homeless population. Over 140 community groups working with people experiencing homelessness have already confirmed their participation.

“The 2018 count will enable us to gather information about homelessness in Montréal. Paired with other data, the count will help us better understand the needs of vulnerable people and adapt programs and services to this population. Special attention will be paid to young people, women and indigenous people,” said Rosannie Filato, the executive committee member responsible for social and community development, homelessness, women’s issues, youth and sports.

Volunteers will be supported by the I COUNT MTL 2018 team. They will have time to meet their team members, and be given clear information about their roles, the sectors they will cover, and their schedules. Volunteers will be trained to make sure they understand the questionnaire, and learn how to make contact with people experiencing homelessness. This ensures that participants are approached in a respectful manner, and safeguards data quality and volunteer safety. 

I COUNT MTL 2018 is taking place in a context where around 60 communities across Canada have been invited to participate in Everyone Counts 2018, a Point-in-Time Count of homelessness. In Québec, 11 communities, including Montréal, are participating in the Point-in-Time Count coordinated by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS). The resulting data will be used to create a second picture of homelessness in Québec, under the leadership of the MSSS. “Beyond the numbers, the picture of homelessness that emerges from the count will provide a broad image of homelessness, and help us plan out our actions, in collaboration with other the stakeholders,” said Julie Grenier, deputy director, Direction adjointe au partenariat et soutien à l'offre de services du CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l'Île-de-Montréal.

People who wish to volunteer can fill out the online registration form on the I COUNT MTL 2018 Website.

The City of Montréal and CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’Île-de-Montréal are working together on the count. Douglas Hospital Research Centre, affiliated with the CIUSSS-de-l'Ouest-de-l'Île-de-Montréal and McGill University has been mandated to carry out the count, in close collaboration with the Movement to End Homelessness in Montréal (MMFIM). This second Montréal count is part of the City’s action plan on homelessness and the 2015–2020 Intersectoral Action Plan on Homelessness in the Montréal Region, and will be used to produce a second picture of homelessness in Québec.

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