Montreal plans second count of city’s homeless population

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WATCH: Efforts are underway to get a better portrait of the homeless people in Montreal. As Global's Tim Sargeant reports, a large-scale count will take place, with the focus this year on indigenous people, women and youth – Mar 13, 2018

A new count of Montreal’s homeless is planned for the end of the month, and the focus is on Aboriginals, women and youth.

The organizer says more information is needed on these groups — as they are often overlooked.

The last count was done in 2015 — this time, volunteers are fanning out, covering a larger territory in Montreal.

“Cover more parts of the city. And we need more volunteers. We’re trying to get to 1,200 volunteers this time around,” Eric Latimer, organizer of told Global News.

Latimer is hoping the data collected can be used to help government’s design strategies to fight homelessness.

“It can help to target interventions more precisely,” he said.

The count is planned for April 24, and 1,200 volunteers are needed.

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People can register on the I count MTL 2018 website.

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