Outreach workers and service providers were in the field taking surveys of Nanaimo’s homeless population in an effort to better understand the crisis they’re trying to fix.

The second point-in-time count in two years happened on Thursday, March 12. Outreach teams combed through forests and bush to visit camps while service providers held an event in the basement of St. Peter’s Church to offer help and fill out surveys.

The final number tallied by the organizers will be used to guide policy and better inform organizations at the frontline of the homelessness crisis.