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Jan 03, 2024
Surveyors spoke to 26 individuals who both self-identified as experiencing homelessness and agree to participate — 9 females, 1 unknown, 16 males
Square One Community, Inc. has released a 95-page report on the results of Moose Jaw’s first-ever Point-In-Time (PIT) count, which saw 55 volunteers spend approximately four hours surveying every willing individual they saw on Aug. 26, 2023.
The survey took months of research and preparation by co-ordinator Desiree Lalonde, who then spent months analyzing the results and writing the report nearly single-handed. Lalonde, a registered social worker, had to navigate complex data requirements to ensure the survey and its results were in line with national standards.
Survey volunteers spoke to everyone they could on Aug. 26, including soliciting input from community members unaffected by housing issues, as well as keeping a tally of people who weren’t willing to talk but appeared to be experiencing some form of homelessness.