A project to undertake a count of the homeless in the Quinte area is looking for volunteers to help with that count.
The idea is to do an actual count of the number of people in the area living in temporary housing, or sleeping on the streets.
There will be drop-in survey locations in each community. In Belleville researchers will be walking specific routes, approaching everyone they encounter to ask screening questions which help to determine whether or not someone is homeless.
The survey will include those “sleeping rough,” in shelters, or simply “couch surfing.”
Bridge Street United and the Community Development council are partnering for the project, part of a federal government program.
Spokesman Steve van de Hoef.
The seven day count in Belleville, Quinte West, Madoc and Bancroft begins April 17.
The project will gather information about the demographic characteristics, circumstances and needs of those in the community who are experiencing homelessness. It has a $14,000 grant from the federal government.
Van de Hoef expects the report to be ready in June.