The County of Simcoe will be conducting an enumeration of the homeless population to determine the specific housing needs.

While this is the first enumeration mandated by the provincial government, the County conducted one in 2016. Looking at a sample size of 292 individuals experiencing homelessness.

The count, Doriano Calvano, manager of social policy and planning for the county, served to identify needed program changes in the housing sector.

The count also identified trends, namely that 22 per cent of homeless people in the county were Indigenous, and nearly one third were youths between the ages of 16 and 24.

“That’s why enumeration is important,” Calvano said. “It gives us a snapshot of what we’re seeing in the community and what we need to do.”