Fifty volunteers hit the street Wednesday for Fort St. John’s 2020 homeless count, following up on a provincial initiative started in 2018.

The count is spearheaded by the Women’s Resource Society in partnership with the Homelessness Services Association of BC. The society has also released a new publication called Word on the Street FSJ, which tells the stories of homeless and at risk individuals in the community.

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Homelessness in Fort St. John continues to differ from much of the province, with a large number of residents couch surfing, said vice-president Jen Pimm.

The most dangerous aspect of homelessness in northeast B.C. continues to be the harsh weather, said Pimm, noting high rental prices keeps housing out of reach for many.