WINCHESTER – In the coming weeks, the region’s Social and Housing Services Department will be conducting a survey process to get a better handle on homelessness throughout Cornwall, and Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.

It’s a mandate of the province’s housing ministry to conduct an enumeration process.

The information gathered is expected to improve the understanding of the extent of homelessness in the region, and the characteristics, circumstances and needs of those directly impacted.

Enumeration staffers will conduct surveys with individuals experiencing homelessness at various service organizations and agencies, and will be completing walking surveys of specific areas.

The homelessness enumeration effort will focus on both the City of Cornwall, and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry.

The survey will include three types of homelessness:

Unsheltered – those sleeping in public spaces not intended for human habitation because they have nowhere else to stay.

Emergency sheltered – Those who are accessing emergency shelters, including violence against women shelters, or hotel beds in lieu of shelter beds.

Provisionally accommodated – Those who are living in temporary accommodations with no guarantee that they can continue to stay there. This includes hidden homelessness (couch-surfing), and temporary rentals. It also includes transitional housing and institutions (hospitals and residential treatment programs) where individuals may be discharged in a state of homelessness.

Enumeration sessions in Dundas and Stormont counties are set for Wed., July 18 at the House of Lazarus in Mountain (9 to 11 am) and Community Food Share’s Morrisburg location (7 to 9 pm); Thurs., July 19 at Finch’s Community Food Share site (1 to 3 pm); Fri., July 20 at the House of Lazarus (9 to 11 am) and between Water and Main Streets in Chesterville (8 to 11 pm); and Mon., July 23 at Winchester’s Community Food Share location (10 am to 12 pm), Morrisburg’s Community Food Share site (10 am to 12 pm) and the South Dundas Municipal Centre in Morrisburg (1:30 to 4 pm).

Survey information gathered must be shared with the provincial ministry within six months of collection, and must be made publicly available by the end of March 2019.