Prince Rupert Mayor Lee Brain spent the weekend helping prepare the new emergency shelter on Third Avenue West. (Shannon Lough / The Northern View)

How many homeless people are in Prince Rupert? The province wants to know

Homeless count survey coming to North Coast city on March 21

The tents may no longer stand outside of Prince Rupert’s city hall, but that doesn’t mean the homeless population has been able to find permanent housing.

Prince Rupert is one of 12 cities chosen by the province to count just how many people are living without a home.

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The anonymous survey, made up of about 15 questions, is seeking people who are couch surfing, have not paid rent, have stayed in a shelter, or otherwise don’t have a place to stay. Anyone interested in being surveyed can go to the extreme weather shelter at 328 Third Avenue West, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m on March 21,. The shelter will also be serving a free meal of muffins or hot dogs to anyone who does the survey.

If the person cannot make it to the shelter, call the Homeless Count Coordinator, April, at 250-600-0320. She will send a volunteer to their location.

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