A new study is confirming something the Poverty Awareness Fort Saskatchewan Committee has known for a long time — poverty is a growing issue in the Fort.

Released earlier this year, the study, titled Homelessness and Poverty in Fort Saskatchewan, includes surveys of landlords and tenants, focus groups with service providers and interviews with local businesses and individual residents as it sets out to identify perceptions and experiences around homelessness and poverty in the city.

The study was conducted by the University of Alberta’s faculty of nursing in partnership with the local poverty awareness committee.

There wasn’t anything in the study that came as a surprise to Tammy Lautner, the city’s director of Family and Community Support Services, which is a member of the committee, as she hears the same stories of people struggling every day.