May 2, 2018
Vancouver’s homeless population is now the highest it has ever been since data was first collected in 2005 to determine how many people are living on the streets and in some form of shelter.
Statistics released Tuesday by the city’s director of homelessness services, Ethel Whitty, to city council showed 2,181 people were counted by more than 400 volunteers over two days in March.
That’s 43 more people than were counted in 2017, which at the time was a record-breaking total. In 2005, a total of 1,364 homeless people were counted across the city.
“Homelessness in Metro Vancouver and across the province is a humanitarian crisis that reflects a trend seen across the country and the continent,” said Whitty.