Results from Red Deer’s latest Point in Time Homeless Count and Survey will not be released until at least June.
About 138 volunteers took part in the city’s count and survey on Wednesday evening and early Thursday morning.
The count will help shape programs and services for the homeless population.
Tricia Hercina, acting social planning manager for the City of Red Deer, said the data collected is more than just about the numbers.
“The data helps with grant allocations, and determining which programs are needed, are we over resourced somewhere or we need to invest in new programs,” she said.
The survey for homeless populations included questions about length of homelessness, what led to homelessness and their access to programs and supports.
The spring count this year coincided with counts in six other Alberta cities: Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Grande Prairie and Wood Buffalo and 60 communities across Canada.
The city’s five year plan to end homelessness wraps up this year.
Hercina said not all the details have worked out yet but the city will be pulling together a new plan focused on integrated housing incorporating new language.