Any enumeration of homeless populations is only an estimate. This is because invisibility is a survival strategy for many people who are homeless. The Street Census in Winnipeg uses the following methodology to provide the best possible estimate:
Street Survey- the street survey will reach people living in public/private places without contract or places not intended as a shelter. From 7pm-10pm, volunteers will walk around areas that have been identified as places people experiencing homelessness spend their time. Additionally, an outreach team will drive to further locations to reach those who are outside of the inner city.
Sheltered Survey- the sheltered survey includes all emergency/ domestic violence shelters and transitional housing in Winnipeg.
Indoor Known Locations Survey- takes place in participating drop-in centres, ministries, resource centres, soup kitchens, etc., and reaches individuals that may have been missed in the street or sheltered surveys.
Data from agencies/government- includes those living in institutions (e.g. hospitals, prisons) who do not have a permanent address.