Point In Time Count, End Homelessness St. John’s

Last Wednesday night over 100 volunteers met at the Boys and Girls Club in St. John’s Centre to do the second Point In Time Count organized by End Homelessness St. John’s. From 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. the volunteers spread out across the city counting our city’s homeless population.

The goal was to survey people living on the streets, in parks, cars, abandoned buildings; in emergency shelters and short-term housing; the hidden homeless couch surfing by staying with friends or relatives; and people accommodated in public systems such as hospitals or correctional institutions who had no fixed address when released. I also went on the Count and was humbled by the resilience of people we met.

End Homelessness St. John’s is chaired by former MHA Shawn Skinner, coordinated by Bruce Pearce, and the Count was organized by Pegah Memarpour, all champions to end homelessness.

Bravo to them and the incredible, dedicated volunteers!

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