The heart of the 20,000 Homes Campaign and your Registry Week is getting to know your neighbors experiencing homelessness by name. In a sense, this is understanding the demand that exists in your community.

There are steps that can be taken to estimate the number of people experiencing homelessness in your community and the types of resources and supports they need. This section of the Toolkit is around clarifying your demand. In addition to the resources that are included here, your outreach workers and service providers will be a key portion of this part of planning for your Registry Week.

  1. Start by looking at the Community trends document. This will help you formulate a picture of homelessness in your community. If you don’t know the numbers for some of these cells, then it will help you to begin your research and conversations about the data points that will populate this table.
  2. As you begin to think about the scope of the Registry Week, please be sure to include your outreach workers and other front line workers like the police in these conversations to understand where you should be surveying and how many people you can expect to find staying on the streets and/or in your emergency shelters.
  3. Open a copy of the VI-SPDAT.  The Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool (VI-SPDAT) is a brief survey offered by the 20,000 Homes Campaign to help communities quickly determine whether a client has high, moderate, or low acuity.  The VI-SPDAT is a user friendly survey that can be administered by volunteers without intensive specialized training or experience. Read through the survey tool. Please note that all of the questions that are included in this version of the form are mandatory, and that the wording of these questions is deliberate and cannot be changed. Your community can add additional questions to this survey tool.  Click here for more information on the VI-SPDAT from the developer OrgCode Consulting Inc.
  4. Watch this brief training video on how to use the VI-SPDAT 2.0 from OrgCode (available at
  5. Finally, open the Survey Flyer-Kitchener and the Surveying Notice. These are examples from Waterloo Region and San Diego, and they were used to bring awareness to their Registry Weeks amongst people in the community that were experiencing homelessness.

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