The third component, a Magnet Event, was hosted at the mâmawêyatitân centre from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. the following day, on September 23rd, 2021. The event included a free chili and buns luncheon (food provided and prepared by the Regina Food Bank), a COVID-19 vaccine clinic (SHA, Four Directions), and a services fair (multiple agencies). The same PiT-Count Survey utilized during the Street Count the night before was offered to individuals at the Magnet Event, with one difference being survey participants were asked where they stayed the night before, to align data for the PiT-Count date of September 22nd, 2021.
PiT-Count Surveys were entered by PiT-Count Advisory Team Members in the weeks that followed the PiT-Count. Once entered, the PiT-Count data (raw survey data, administrative facility data, and tally sheet data) was subsequently sent to a third party, HelpSeeker Techologies, for further data verification, analysis and collaborative report writing.
The results from the PiT-Count allow a community to better understand the nature and extent of homelessness and the characteristics of the homeless population. A PiT Count should serve as critical part of a community’s response to homelessness. Conducting PiT Counts will enable communities to measure progress in reducing homelessness. A count can provide a vital benchmark, especially in communities where systematic data on homelessness is sparse, like it is in Regina.
Counts can significantly increase a community’s ability to take action towards ending homelessness by: