Castlegar council looking to quantify scope of homelessness in the city
Castlegar City Council is taking more steps to understand the specifics about the city’s homeless problem, seeking to clarify the size the issue.
Council heard, at their regular meeting Feb. 21, a request that they apply for grant funding to get a Homelessness Population Estimate, according to a city press release, as follows:
“Council received a request from the Manager of Planning, Development and Sustainability to apply to the Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Grant for a Homelessness Population Estimate.
“Last year the City received a $20,000 grant to complete a Housing Needs Report, which is underway.
“This year, the City set aside funds to conduct a Point in Time Count as a value-added project to support this work. This UBCM grant would support a Homelessness Population Estimate as an alternative approach to the Point in Time Count which would better estimate rural homelessness, housing insecurity, and service needs in the Castlegar area.
“This will be considered for adoption at the March 6, 2023, Regular Council Meeting.”