Preliminary numbers from the City of Vancouver’s homeless count show that the number of people sleeping outside at night is declining.
This year’s count, which took place over a 24 hour period on March 13, 2013 found 273 people sleeping outside in Vancouver, which is:
- a decrease of 11% from 2012, which saw 306 street homeless; and
- a 66% decrease since 2008, which saw 811 street homeless, and was the first year of low-barrier shelters.
“The drop in people sleeping outside in Vancouver shows that we’re on the right path when it comes to ending street homelessness by 2015,” said Mayor Gregor Robertson. “Our efforts are working, but there is no question there is more work to do. This is within our grasp.