The number of people aged 55+ living on the streets in Vancouver is high and rising.

In 2014, the Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver found 18 per cent of people sleeping on park benches, in alleys, or in shelters were seniors. Last year, that figure climbed to 21 per cent.

“It is a trend we have been experiencing in our own shelter, seeing a steady uptick in the numbers over the past five years,” said Scott Small, director of Catholic Charities Shelter Services.