Last week, the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness and the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee released a preliminary report on the region’s fourth Homeless Count conducted on March 16. The overall number of people found on count day was down by 37 people (or 1%) from the previous count in 2008 – a testament to the work of community non-profits, governments and private funders housing and supporting people.

Some of the findings:

  • A total of 2,623 people were found to be homeless on March 16. This included ‘unsheltered homeless’ or people who were found outside on the street, in parks, at drop-in programs and ‘sheltered homeless’ or those who spent the night in shelters, safe houses, transition houses, hospitals, jails, remand centres, and detox and recovery facilities.
  • Compared to 2008, the 2011 data shows a reduction in the number of unsheltered homeless people (e.g. on the streets, parks) and an increase in the number of homeless people who are spending their nights in sheltered locations.
  • 24% of the number of homeless people were Aboriginal people –  still disproportionately high

See the press release here and the CBC coverage here (Metro Vancouver homeless count finds fewer outside, May 24, 2011).

For more on women, homelessness and FASD prevention, see a previous post All Our Sisters: Women and Homelessness (April 14, 2011).