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Together we can reach the finish line: ending homelessness

On Sunday, June 12, 2016, join Homeward Trust for our fourth annual Homeward Walk|Run, presented by Yardstick.

Register as an individual or as a team and be a part of finishing homelessness in Edmonton.

Whether you are participating in the Walk|Run, sharing the event with friends, or donating to support a participant, Homeward Trust invites you to join us on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at Whitemud Park – Picnic Site #1 (12505 Keillor Rd NW). It will be a fun, family friendly event where the community comes together to reach the finish line: ending homelessness.

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Donations

The focus for this year’s Walk|Run will be on raising and maintaining awareness around the issue of youth homelessness. Participants are invited to raise funds, however, in light of the Fort McMurray disaster, we understand if you are unable to donate. Any proceeds raised will go to our partners at E4C, Edmonton John Howard Society, iHuman and Youth Empowerment Support Services. If you do wish to donate, please click here.

If you are experiencing difficulty with the donation/fundraising platform, please click here.

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Registration

All participants in the Homeward Walk|Run must pay a registration fee, which will help cover event costs. Registrations are non-refundable.

5 km Walk/Run & 10 km Run: $40.00 CDN
Kids’ Fun Run: No Fee

If you are having trouble registering, please see the tutorial here.

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Recently, the release of the preliminary 2016 Homeless Count numbers and the methodology behind it has been questioned. We are always up front with the limitations of a 24-hour point-in-time count. It does allow us to update the portrait of homelessness in our community and realize trends from count to count, but it is not a census.

The biggest decline in the count came from places where we have administrative data such as Alberta Human Services hotel/motel use, shelters, and transitional housing. We know exactly how many people were there on the night of October 19, and there were significantly fewer people than in 2014. We found that family homelessness dropped 51% from 2014. In 2015, we housed and supported more than 1600 people though Housing First - the most in one year.

This year we counted 284 people who were staying in tents, makeshift shelters or public spaces (both streets and parks) – not 30. We talked to a large number of people who stayed in parks/public land overnight while they were out of the parks/public land during the day. Boyle Street’s Outreach teams along with the City of Edmonton’s Capital City Clean Up and park rangers recommended the times of day and count coverage locations in the river valley.

Consent informs our counts. People have the option of not participating. We do not conduct an observational count. People are not numbers. The methodology used in Edmonton allows us to align nationally with counts conducted cross Canada.

We know that 70% of those counted are experiencing chronic homelessness. One of the ways we are addressing that is through our participation in the national 20,000 Homes Campaign. It was launched in our city in November, 2015. We have 862 people and 29 families on this registry. We know their names and their needs, and now we are working through the Housing First program to house and support our city’s most vulnerable.

The number may not capture those experiencing homelessness for the first time or those living in poverty. It takes a community to end homelessness. We know there is still much work to be done. There will be more detail and in depth analysis in the final Homeless Count report which will be available in the new year.
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