Homeless Enumeration

Chatham-Kent Employment & Social Services (CKESS) along with our partners Hope Haven, ROCK Missions, the Women’s Centre, and Ska:na Family Learning Centre will be completing a count of people experiencing homelessness in Chatham-Kent.

In March 2020, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) advised Service Managers and sector organizations of its intention to introduce By-Name Lists across Ontario in 2021. In order to support Ontario’s By-Name List approach. All 47 Service Managers will complete homelessness enumeration across Ontario by December 15, 2021.

Chatham-Kent will be completing a ‘Point in Time’ style count to meet the enumeration requirement on October 19th. The Point-in-Time (PiT) Count is a count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons on a single night. A PiT Count is intended to capture numbers and basic demographics of people who are homeless at a single point in time. This information will be used to strengthen the municipality’s By-Name List and will work to connect individuals who are currently homeless with the supports and services that they need.

A By-Name List (BNL) is a comprehensive list of every person in a community experiencing homelessness for more than 14 days, updated in real-time that includes name, homeless history and housing needs. This information is used to connect individuals with the programming and supports that they need to end their homelessness.

“Homelessness continues to be a crisis across the country and Chatham-Kent is seeing similar increases to that of our neighbours,” said Tara Lauzon, Supervisor with Employment and Social Services. “This enumeration will allow the municipality, community partners and the province to have a better understanding of the need.”

Quick Facts

  • Since the beginning of the Pandemic CKESS has assisted 365 households to secure long term housing
  • Currently, CK’s BNL is reporting 128 individuals are homeless
  • In the last year, over 500 unique households reported being homeless for at least 1 night
  • 440 households accessed Municipally operated emergency housing
  • 57 children accessed Municipally operated emergency housing

If you know someone who is experiencing homelessness please direct them to call the Homeless Response Line at 519-354-6628.

For more information contact:

Polly Smith
Director, Employment & Social Services
519-351-1228 ext.2170