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Homeless Count

Homeless counts have taken place across the Metro Vancouver region every three years since 2002. The City of Vancouver started conducting an annual count in 2010. Each year, the count takes place throughout the city over a 24-hour period in March, inside shelters during the evening, and on the streets the next day.

Although counts do not give us a full picture of the extent of homelessness, the counts provide critical information on the number and characteristics of the homeless population, and how this population has changed over time.

Volunteers play a key role in homeless counts. Each year we recruit and train over 400 volunteers to participate in the count. This involves conducting a brief anonymous survey with people who are homeless. 

2018 Homeless Count: March 13 and 14

We are continuing to recruit volunteers for this year's Homeless Count. 

Currently, we have enough volunteers for the shelter count on March 13, but still need volunteers for the daytime street count on March 14.

The street count will take place from 6am to midnight on Wednesday, March 14, and may involve walking around a neighbourhood.

Shifts will be two to three hours long, and volunteers are required to attend a two-hour training session in late February or early March 2018. Training sessions dates are listed in the application form. Volunteers must be 19 years of age or older.


Homelessness Services Association of BC  Homeless Count logo

The Homeless Count logo is provided by the Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC) . HSABC was established through a merger of GVSS and Shelter Net BC.

Its mandate is to strengthen and unify services across BC that are addressing the needs of persons experiencing homelessness. 

Apply to be a volunteer

We are looking for people who:

  • Are compassionate, accepting, and comfortable with one-on-one conversations
  • Have a friendly, non-judgmental attitude and a good sense of humour

​If you are interested in volunteering for the street count on March 14, complete the online form, and please tell your friends.  

Apply now

Thank you for applying and helping to recruit others!

Contact us

Have questions or need more information?

Call 3-1-1 or email:

2018 Homeless Count application form