2020 Homeless Count

The 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver will take place on the night of March 3rd and throughout the day on March 4th

Governments, funders and community agencies rely on data from homeless counts to help make informed policy and program decisions. As in previous years, the goals of the 2020 Homeless Count are to obtain a reliable estimate on the number of people experiencing homelessness, to obtain a demographic profile of those individuals through the count survey, and to identify long-term data trends of homelessness in the region.

We need your help

Volunteer RegistrationWe are now accepting applications to volunteer for the 2020 Homeless Count! The count is only made possible through the help of volunteers. Over 1200 volunteers participated in the last Metro Vancouver-wide count in 2017, and we need your support to make the 2020 count a success.

If you would like to volunteer in any of the communities participating in the count, please fill in this volunteer application form.  

Contact Us

The 2020 Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver is an initiative of the Reaching Home Interim Community Entity, Vancity Community Foundation and Community Advisory Board (CAB). The Homeless Count is delivered in partnership with the Indigenous Reaching Home Community Entity, the Indigenous Homelessness Steering Committee, the Council of Community Homelessness Tables, and is conducted by BC Non-Profit Housing Association. For inquiries please contact:

  • Erika Sagert, Homeless Count Project Manager
    BC Non-Profit Housing Association
    778.945.2167  |  erika@bcnpha.ca

Findings of the 2017 Homeless Count

In 2017, a total of 3,605 individuals were found experiencing homelessness in the Metro Vancouver region. More than 75% of individuals counted were found in the cities of Vancouver and Surrey, with Vancouver having the largest concentration (59%), followed by Surrey (17%). 34% of respondents identified as Indigenous/Aboriginal compared to 2% of the general population.  


This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy:

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   Vancity Community Foundation       Lu'Ma Native Housing Society        City of Vancouver


With Support From


Council of Homelessness Tables         HSABC         BCNPHA Logo





* The Homeless Count logo is provided by the Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC). HSABC was established through a merger of GVSS and Shelter Net BC. Its mandate is to strengthen and unify services across BC that are addressing the needs of persons experiencing homelessness.