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Not just a number: York Region takes steps towards ending homelessness

Region to participate in Ontario’s first province-wide count of homelessness

Newmarket – From April 17 to April 20, 2018, The Regional Municipality of York will be conducting a count of people experiencing homelessness in the Region: I Count. I’m Not Just a Number, the first province-wide count of its kind in Canada.

“Creating a safe, accessible, inclusive and supportive community is a top priority for York Regional Council,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “York Region continues to work with all levels of government and our community agencies to reduce homelessness and ensure all residents have a stable and affordable place to call home.”

Through I Count, Regional staff and volunteers will connect with residents experiencing homelessness by visiting different sites throughout York Region. The information collected during I Count will help:

•    Connect people to the right services and supports
•    Ensure those with the highest need get the supports they need to get housed
•    Better understand the scope of homelessness in our community

“For most residents, York Region is a vibrant and prosperous place to live and work. Unfortunately for some, being homeless or at risk of homelessness is a daily reality that we need to change,” said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor John Taylor, Chair of Community and Health Services.

I Count supports Council’s strategic objectives of protecting public health and increasing the range of available and affordable housing choices. York Region has outlined and is measuring its actions to reduce homelessness and help people have a safe, affordable place to live in its 10-Year Housing Plan: Housing Solutions: A place for everyone.

For more information on I Count, including how to volunteer, visit or call Access York at 1-877-464-YORK (9675).

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees.

More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact:
Catherine Vettese, Corporate Communications, The Regional Municipality of York
Phone:  1-877-464-9675  ext. 71233 or
Cell: 905-251-6413

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