Homelessness Prevention

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Our goal is to end chronic homelessness in our community by December 31, 2025. Chronic homelessness is when people experience homelessness for 6 months or more in the last year.

Join Built For Zero-Ptbo (BFZ-Ptbo) as we share information about homelessness in Peterborough City and County. As part of our efforts to end chronic homelessness, we study changes in our chronically homeless population each month. Regular report card updates are shared on this page.

Data on Homelessness

Monthly data on homelessness in Peterborough can be found in the table below. If you have any questions about these numbers please contact the Social Services office. 

Built for Zero Monthly Data
MonthTotal Number of People Experiencing Homelessness This MonthTotal Number of People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness This MonthTotal Number of Exits from Homelessness This Month
November 2022 314 156 25
October 2022 326 161 14
September 2022 322 163 19
August 2022 311 160 24
July 2022 293 148 35
June 2022 303 143 42
May 2022 312 143 33
April 2022 311 153 35
March 2022 294 142 42
February 2022 300 156 24
January 2022 285 139 28
December 2021 317 144 8
November 2021 258 131 15
October 2021 224 118 12
September 2021* 202* 108* 42*
August 2021 293 114 17

*In the month of September 2021 City Staff performed a data clean activity. The purpose of the activity was to update the By-Name Priority List. This activity resulted in a large amount of updates to the list. As a result, the September numbers look different from other months. 

 Built For Zero Report Cards

Development of the Built for Zero Report Card has been put on hold. Links to the report cards for January 2021 to February 2022 can be found below. 

January 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

February 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

March 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

April 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

May 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

June 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

July 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

August 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

September 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

October 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

November 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

December 2021 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

January 2022 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

February 2022 BFZ Peterborough Report Card

Homelessness defined

Homelessness refers to when people don't have a safe, stable, affordable and appropriate home. When this happens, people find other places to stay that are less safe and less stable than a permanent home. The only way to end someone's experience of homelessness is with housing.

Road to Zero Week 1: What is Homelessness?

Check out the What is Homelessness fact sheet to learn about homelessness and how it affects each person differently.

Point in Time count

Every two years we count the number of people experiencing homelessness. This helps us understand the supports needed to assist those in need. We use the information we collect to help plan services and measure our progress towards ending homelessness. The United Way partners with us to complete the count.

The United Way of Peterborough and District conducted a Point in Time Count on December 9th 2021. The results can be found on the United Way website.

On March 20, 2018 a similar Count was conducted. Check out the two-page summary or the full report titled “A Roof Over My Head”.

 Housing First

Housing First is a philosophy that guides our service system. It states that housing is a basic right for all humans and that every person deserves housing that is safe, affordable, and appropriate. It helps inform the delivery of services and the development of policies around the world.

Road to Zero Week 2: What is Housing First?

Check out the Housing First fact sheet to learn how communities across the country, including Peterborough City and County, are using this approach to respond to homelessness.

Housing First recognizes that everyone should have housing that: 

  • Is safe
  • Is clean
  • Has heating
  • Has running water
  • Doesn’t require major repairs
  • Has enough bedrooms
  • They can afford (less than 30% of their income)
Housing First is focused on moving people into housing quickly. This is very different from the old approach that required clients to engage in services first.
Built for Zero 

Road to Zero Week 3: What is Built For Zero?

Built For Zero Peterborough (BFZ-Ptbo) community partners are committed to ending chronic homelessness by Dec. 2025 on the "road to zero". Learn more about Built For Zero in our new BFZ-fact sheet and discover how Peterborough is working alongside communities across Canada to end chronic homelessness.

Built for Zero is a Canada-wide campaign that was launched after the success of the 20,000 Homes campaign. It helps communities across Canada to continue the work toward end chronic homelessness. Peterborough's Built for Zero team meets every other week to talk about ways to improve Peterborough's response to homelessness. This team includes representatives from agencies who work daily with people experiencing homelessness in our community.

Built for Zero is a Canada wide campaign that was launched after the success of the 20,000 Homes campaign. It helps communities across Canada to continue the work toward end chronic homelessness. Peterborough's Built for Zero team meets every other week to talk about ways to improve Peterborough's response to homelessness. This team includes representatives from agencies who work daily with people experiencing homelessness in our community.

Coordinated Access System and Coordinated Access and By-Name Priority List

Road to Zero Week 4: What is Coordinated Access and the By-Name Priority List?

Join Built For Zero Peterborough (BFZPtbo) and check out the new Coordinated Access and By-Name Priority List fact sheet to learn how they are transforming our approach to end homelessness in Peterborough City and County.

In 2018 a group of local agencies designed the Peterborough Coordinated Access System. The goal of the system is to prevent and reduce homelessness and provide streamlined access to available supports. This approach will help us progress towards our goal of ending chronic homelessness. The new system launched on April 1, 2019.

A By-Name Priority List is a key component to a Coordinated Access System. The list helps us know everyone in our community experiencing homelessness by name. Using the list we can help ensure that everyone has equal access to the services and supports available. No one will be left behind.

To learn more, check out the report on our first year of Coordinated Access (April 2019 - March 2020).

Housing solutions

Road to Zero Week 5: What is Permanent Supportive Housing and the Housing Continuum?

Housing is the solution to homelessness. Learn more about the Housing Continuum and Permanent Supportive Housing in our new Housing Continuum fact sheet, as part of the Built For Zero Peterborough information series "Road to Zero".

The End of Homelessness 

Road to Zero Week 6: What is Functional Zero?

Explore the new Functional Zero fact sheet to learn more about homelessness and the Road to Zero campaign.

Functional Zero is a milestone a community reaches when homelessness is brief, rare and non-recurring. This means an end to chronic homelessness by December 31, 2025. This is a shared goal among Housing and Homelessness Plan partners, including Built for Zero Peterborough.