The City of Kamloops’ annual count of its homeless population has been postponed until next year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The annual point-in-time count had been planned for mid-March, but was swept up among myriad event cancellations due to the pandemic.
City acting social and community development supervisor Ty Helgason said the event has been postponed until next year, with a year of data lost without the count in 2020.
However, the city had concerns about the well-being of a vulnerable population during a global health crisis and decided against the interaction needed for the operation.
Helgason said the count typically involves about 70 volunteers going out into the community, all of whom require training beforehand.
The 2018 count found about 190 people who were homeless in Kamloops.