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Street Needs Assessment to take place on April 17

January 28, 2013

The City of Toronto announced today that the city’s third Street Needs Assessment will be held during the evening of April 17.

About 700 volunteers are needed to assist with the 13-question survey of people who are homeless. The survey will be combined with a point-in-time estimate of the number of homeless people in the city who are sleeping outdoors, as well as staying in temporary accommodation in emergency shelters, Violence Against Women shelters, and in correctional facilities and health and treatment centres.

“This is an opportunity for Torontonians to help some of our most vulnerable residents,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson (Ward 25 Don Valley West), Chair of the Community Development and Recreation Committee. “Without hard data on what services people find useful in finding and keeping housing, we cannot be sure that we are making the right investments to help the city’s homeless.

“Those who volunteer for the Street Needs Assessment are stepping forward to help achieve our long-term goal of ending homelessness, one person at a time.”

Results of the 2013 survey will help policy makers and program developers ensure that the right services are in place to assist people who are homeless to find and keep permanent housing. Data will be compared with results from the 2006 and 2009 surveys to develop a current profile of the face of homelessness in Toronto

Volunteers are needed to perform the surveys outdoors and in the city-funded emergency shelters. City staff and community partners will gather statistics and survey information in hard-to-reach areas and in VAW shelters and in correctional, health and treatment centres.

City residents 18 years of age or older on April 17 are invited to sign up online at or by calling 311. No previous experience is needed and there are opportunities to volunteer throughout the city.

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Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto’s government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact

Patricia Anderson

Manager Partnership Development and Support, Shelter, Support and Housing Administration

416 397-4328

[email protected]