Fewer Edmontonians are living on the streets, in spite of the provincial economic situation.
The 2016 Homeless Count shows a 24 percent decrease in people without a home, from 2014. This, while the city’s population increased by 2.5 percent.
Homeward Trust CEO Susan McGee told Global News, the success is coming from Housing First, which will continue to focus on the most vulnerable.
“Of the count today, it was the first time that we’ve been able to release a count where we could say how many people are chronically homeless in our community, and that was 70 percent,” said McGee. “So, in spite of all the positive housing outcomes, we still have chronically homeless individuals that we’re not getting to, and that is going to be a big focus for us for the next two years.”
1,752 homeless people were identified in the count, with 48 percent of them identifying as Indigenous, far over-representing the 5.4 percent of Edmonton’s total population which is Indigenous. 70 were either military or RCMP veterans.
This was the first year seven Alberta cities conducted their homeless counts on the same day. (scb)