Last week, you were some 1 000 volunteers walking the streets, scouting metro stations, shelters, and other resources to participate in the first-ever Montréal Homelessness Count. Mission accomplished!
You answered the call and were part of an exceptional mobilization – showing how much homelessness is a concern to Montrealers and the need to find solutions.
Team leaders, volunteers, personnel in the deployment centers, you have done remarkable work and we sincerely thank you. This could not have been possible without your support.
I Count Mtl 2015 Team
The City of Montréal has contracted the Douglas Mental Health University Institute Research Centre–in collaboration with the YMCAs of Québec and other partners–to conduct the first Homelessness Survey on the evening of Tuesday, March 24, 2015. Following an approach used in big cities around the world and adapted to our local realities, 800 volunteers will participate in this activity, which will lead to a better understanding of the scale and the nature of homelessness in our city.
Your role as a volunteer
As a volunteer, you will be part of a small group assigned to cover a specific area or homeless shelter in a Montréal neighbourhood. You will be trained, and accompanied by a team-leader. You will ask each homeless person you identify–with their agreement–to respond to a short questionnaire.
New Tools to Tackle Homelessness
Homelessness appears to be on the rise and related problems are becoming increasingly complex. Numerous organisations in Montréal, and all levels of government, are involved in providing assistance to the homeless population. The City, in its Plan d’action montréalais en itinérance, aims to provide Montréal with tools that will help it to assist its most vulnerable citizens in exiting homelessness.