The City of Grande Prairie conducts a city-wide Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of homelessness every two years in collaboration with Alberta’s 7 Cities Network on Housing and Homelessness.
PiT Counts serve two important functions: they provide a current snapshot of the demographics and number of people experiencing homelessness in the city and enable us to examine changes in homelessness over time.
By aligning Grande Prairie’s Count method with methods used across Alberta’s 7 Cities network, we can examine and address larger trends. Ultimately, this helps to support the goal of ending homelessness in our city and across the province.
PiT Count 2022
The City of Grande Prairie is conducting its bi-annual city-wide Point-in-Time (PiT) Count of Homelessness on September 26, 2022.
- 75% of those surveyed were experiencing chronic homeless, which means that they have been homeless for 180 days or more out of the past year.
- 61% of those surveyed identified as Indigenous
- 5% surveyed were veterans
- 65% of those surveyed were adults aged 25 to 44, the largest age group experiencing homelessness
- 124 people visit emergency shelters on the day of the count, this includes Wapiti House and Sunrise house
- 43 people were counted at domestic violence shelters
- 11% were experiencing hidden homelessness, as they were staying with family and friends
- 51% of individuals indicated they have mental health issues
- 66% of respondents reported two or more health challenges