The homeless count conducted in Sechelt, Gibsons and Roberts Creek in early March found 84 people living in shelters, “couch surfing,” or living outdoors in the area – up from the 57 people identified in a 2018 count.

The Sunshine Coast count, on March 6, was one of only eight completed by the Homelessness Services Association of BC before the COVID pandemic forced postponement of the program “out of consideration for the health of people experiencing homelessness, volunteers and organizers,” according to the Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.