Through research and community conversations, United Way works hard to understand local issues and invest in programs that meet immediate needs. United Way brings people and resources together to understand and address root causes of issues that impact local communities.
Community Impact Report
This is the fourth edition of the Community Profiles Report. The report was first produced in hard copy in 2005; subsequent editions were produced in 2010, 2015, and this most recent report in 2020.
Preventing & Ending Youth Homelessness in KFL&A
2014 Youth Out Loud Taking Action to End Youth Homelessness in Kingston and Area
For more information about United Way’s Youth Homelessness initiative, please visit https://www.unitedwaykfla.ca/youth/
Point in Time Count
PiT Counts are conducted across North America and are one of the few ways to get reliable data about the scope of homelessness in a region. Locally, the PiT count will focus on the urban area of Kingston. A PiT Count is a census of people who are homeless at the time of the Count. There are three components:
- Outdoor “street” survey – conducted by volunteers encountering homeless persons in pre-mapped areas of the city.
- Indoor “shelter” survey – conducted by shelter staff and corroborated with shelter stay statistics.
- No Fixed Address “NFA” data – collected from detox facilities, emergency rooms, overnight lock-up, and other institutional locations where homeless persons may be found on the night of the Count.
As well as counting people who are homeless, a brief anonymous survey is conducted to provide a snapshot of homelessness in the community with information about characteristics such as age, gender, Veteran status, Aboriginal identity. United Way staff oversee the gathering of these statistics from health and correctional centres, VAW (violence against women) shelters, and from outdoor areas that are inaccessible.