HomelessCountReport2008Feb12

HomelessCountReport2008Feb12 - Still on our streets ....

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Still on our streets …. Results of the 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count Commissioned by: Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness DECEMBER 2008 EDITION Prepared by: Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC BC) Eberle Planning and Research Jim Woodward & Associates Inc. Judy Graves Kari Huhtala Kevin Campbell In Focus Consulting Michael Goldberg Last revised March 9, 2009 004895616
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Message from the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness “We care about homelessness” is the overwhelming message the Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness (RSCH) received from residents of the Metro Vancouver region on March 11 th , the day of our homeless count. In 2005, we had the assistance of 300 people. This year, the public response exceeded all expectations, with upwards of 800 people volunteering their time to participate in this effort. We recognize that a count doesn’t solve homelessness; however, it’s an important step in gaining a better understanding of the problem we need to solve. We spell out our plan to solve homelessness in Three Ways to Home , which outlines the need for adequate affordable housing, support services and adequate incomes. (Available at our web site: www.metrovancouver.org/planning/homelessness/) The count provides a progress report against previous counts in 2002 and 2005, and benchmarks the absolute minimum number of people who are without housing and who need emergency shelter and other types of support services. We know the number we develop is a conservative estimate. Who did we count? We spoke with people who did not have a place of their own where they could expect to stay for more than 30 days, and for which they paid rent. They may have been sleeping in temporary emergency shelters, living rough, in parks, under bridges, or in doorways. We were assisted in this process by the front line workers, who reach out daily to people who face a complex web of problems. This count does not assess the full extent of ‘hidden homelessness’ – people who stay temporarily with family or friends, unable to acquire or keep their own place or those ‘at- risk’ of homelessness. The RSCH includes representatives from over 40 groups including service providers, community-based organizations, business and all levels of government. Our Committee’s objective is to work for the end of homelessness in the Metro Vancouver region. While there have been a number of federal and provincial announcements addressing homelessness recently, we know a sustained multi-year commitment is needed. We want to thank United Way of the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Foundation, The Government of Canada’ Homelessness Partnering Strategy for their support and the Social Planning and Research Council of BC (SPARC) for their research and coordination of Homeless Count 2008.
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