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Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness Executive Summary Still on our streets… Results of the 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count September 16, 2008 Introduction This executive summary is designed to provide readers with a summary of the results of the 2008 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count conducted on March 11, 2008. Readers who are interested in the results beyond what is provided here should consult the final report which is available on the Metro Vancouver website. The 2008 homeless count was aimed at providing an updated estimate of the number and scope of homelessness in Metro Vancouver –– the demographic profile as well as trends –– in the homeless population since the 2002 and 2005 counts. The count covered all Metro Vancouver municipalities, except Bowen Island, Anmore, and Belcarra, where local representatives contacted before the count suggested that there were no locations where the homeless either congregated or could be found. Definitions For the purposes of the count, an individual was considered to be homeless if they did not have a place of their own where they could expect to stay for more than 30 days and did not pay rent. This included people who had no physical shelter, who for example stayed on the street, in doorways, in parkades, in parks, on beaches, as well as those who were temporarily sheltered in emergency shelters, youth safe houses, or transition houses for women and their children fleeing abuse. People who stayed at the home of a friend, commonly referred to as “sofa surfers,” were also considered to be homeless and included in the count, provided they had no security of tenure and did not pay rent. The terms “unsheltered” and “street/service homeless” are used interchangeably to refer to homeless people who, on the day of the count, had no physical shelter and stayed on the street, in alleys, doorways, parkades, parks, on beaches, or sofa surfed. “Sheltered” homeless also refers to homeless people who sought shelter on the night of the count in emergency shelters, youth safe houses, or transition houses for women and their children fleeing abuse. Count Methodology The count used the “point-in-time” methodology in which all the people who are homeless on a given day are counted. This approach is the preferred approach to counting homeless people across North America. The approach contrasts with a “period relevance” count in which the
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Executive Summary –– Still on our streets… September 16, 2008 2 number of people who are homeless over a longer period of time are counted. For this count, the point-in-time chosen was the 24-hour period beginning at 12:01 am to 12:59 pm on March 11, 2008. In recognition of the fact that some homeless people would be sheltered on that day while
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