Hundreds are homeless in Sudbury, while more than 1,000 people are still waiting for rent-geared-to-income housing. Meanwhile, rents continue to creep upwards.
At next week’s community services meeting, committee members will receive the city’s annual report card on homelessness. Currently, more than 800 people are considered to be homeless in the Nickel City.
“In 2008, there were 866 people who used an emergency shelter in Sudbury. This number increased to over 1,000 per year between 2009 and 2012, and has declined to 872 in 2016,” a staff report indicates. “There were 1,121 people on the waiting list for rent geared to income housing in 2008, compared to 1,082 on the waiting list in 2016.”
In total, 12 per cent stayed in a shelter three or more times; 33 per cent of those who stayed in a shelter were female and 67 per cent were male; most — 74 per cent — only stayed in a shelter one time.