Homeless count numbers up in Metro VancouverHomeless count numbers up in Metro Vancouver<div class="ExternalClassF222DBFADB1A4A8B820EB6D483115109"><p>Initials numbers from the 2017 Homeless Count found 3,605 people were homeless in Metro Vancouver – a 30 per cent over 2014.</p><p>The findings, collected by close to 1,200 volunteers during a cold and snowy 24-hour period on March 7-8, mark the 16th consecutive year that homelessness has increased across the region. However, this was first time that a Metro Vancouver homeless count was held when an emergency weather response notice was issued, which may have resulted in more people moving into shelters or other temporary housing to avoid the cold. <a href="https://vimeo.com/213714690" target="_blank">https://vimeo.com/213714690</a></p><p>The Homeless Count is held every three years and represents a conservative point-in-time snapshot of the homeless population over a 24-hour period in Metro Vancouver. The Count involves a brief anonymous survey with people who appear to be homeless, and the actual number could be three to four times higher. A concurrent homeless count held in the Fraser Valley recorded a 74 per cent increase in homelessness.</p><p>A final report on the number of homeless in Metro Vancouver will be released in the late summer. In the meantime, the next episode of The Sustainable Region examines the homelessness crisis. Five people become homeless in Metro Vancouver every week with health issues and poverty being two main pathways into homelessness. We also look at pathways out of homelessness with providing supportive housing as a very cost effective solution.</p><p>Learn more at <a href="/homelessness" target="_blank">http://www.metrovancouver.org/homelessness</a> </p></div>http://www.metrovancouver.org/metroupdate/PublishingImages/issue31-homelesscount.jpg2017-04-27T07:00:00ZGP0|#ad5ec508-afdc-4c33-bc6a-878b23de7ea8;L0|#0ad5ec508-afdc-4c33-bc6a-878b23de7ea8|Issue 31;GTSet|#d14ffe11-45dc-48fb-8684-ff109cf15a74<div class="ExternalClass9DB4037A964C4A4D94E7A3066F2D39FC"><p>​Initials numbers from the 2017 Homeless Count found 3,605 people were homeless in Metro Vancouver – a 30 per cent over 2014. The findings were collected by nearly 1,200 volunteers during a cold and snowy 24-hour period on March 7-8.</p></div>0