October 17, 2016. The Homeless Count is a point-in-time count of Edmonton’s homeless population. It serves to provide a current snapshot of the overall homeless population and the ability to examine how this population changes over time. The results of the count are used by community agencies, researchers and government to estimate the size and demographic characteristics across time of our homeless population in order to inform our ongoing efforts to reduce homelessness. The 2016 Homeless Count will take place over a 24-hour period, starting in the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 7-10 p.m. and continuing to Thursday, Oct. 20, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Volunteers are sent out in pairs as enumerators to complete a short survey to everyone they encounter.