The County of Grande Prairie is launching a project to study rural homelessness in the region.

The county will distribute surveys in association with local agencies and the towns of Beaverlodge, Sexsmith, Wembley and the village of Hythe which will help develop an estimation of how many people living in those communities meet the definition of homelessness.

Funded by a grant from the Alberta Rural Development Network, a non-profit partnership of nine colleges and universities which aims to identify rural issues and explore solutions, the study will identify who is living under the four defined areas of homelessness—unsheltered, emergency sheltered, provisionally accommodated and at risk of homelessness.