A “point in time” count took place last night as part of a plan to end homelessness.
The count was federally funded, and is considered a necessary step in ending homelessness across the country.
Tarin Kennedy, Director of Regina’s Plan to end homelessness, says people shouldn’t be left outside, regardless of their income.
“Everybody deserves to have a home, everybody deserves to have a place to call their own,” Kennedy says.” I guess the biggest thing is we don’t want to see those people on the streets living those rough lives, you hear those terrible stories, and it hits you.”
Spokesperson Addison Docherty says staff ask those who participate simple questions to understand why they are affected by homelessness.
“More so like demographic questions, so figuring out who is affected by homelessness, and also what were the causes of their homelessness,” Docherty says. “(It’s) so we can figure out are their correlations between certain demographics, and certain causes, and stuff like that.”
The last point in time count in Regina was held in 2015, but was organized by a Regina group rather than a federal program.