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Rural Homeless Estimation Survey – October 1 to 31

Athabasca County FCSS is working with local agencies and organizations to assist with the Rural Homeless Estimation Project. FCSS staff has the role of compiling data collected from those who are experiencing homelessness in its various forms.

Understanding Homelessness

Homelessness is when an individual or family is without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect of acquiring it. There are many reasons for homelessness and the purpose of the survey is to help communities gain a clear picture of the number of homeless individuals, who they are, and what resources are needed or in place in the municipality to meet their challenges.

The estimation survey is intended for those who:

  • are experiencing rent trouble
  • are couch surfing
  • have no place to stay
  • need a better place to stay
  • are utterly homeless
  • are living in a emergency or temporary shelter
  • and those who have unstable housing.

About the Survey

The survey will take about 6-10 minutes to complete and those participating will be asked about current and past living situations, employment status, and citizenship/immigration status. Participants will also be asked their age, sex, and identity.

Participation in the survey is voluntary, and participants are free to skip any questions they don’t want to answer. They can also withdraw from the survey at any time without penalty.

The Athabasca County Homeless Estimation Project is part of the Alberta Rural Homeless Estimation Project, which is coordinated by the Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA), administered by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN), and funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.


It is important to note, confidentiality and protection of data is paramount for the survey. Names and any other identifying information will not be used, electronic copies of the data will be stored on password protected computers, and the data is anonymous meaning there is no way to distinguish your data from that provided by other individuals.

How You Can Help

If you know of or are assisting someone who is experiencing homelessness make them aware of the survey and help us raise awareness about the importance of the survey and their participation in it.

Participating Organizations & Agencies

Athabasca United Church Boyle Book Keeping by Marilyn
Athabasca Addictions and Mental Health AB Support Centre
Healthy Families Healthy Futures Aspen Primary Care Network
The Cave or EPC High School WJS
Athabasca FCSS Athabasca Native Friendship Centre