Vancouver’s homeless numbers are slightly better than last year, but still higher than they were back in 2008, when the mayor first promised to end homelessness in this city.
Gregor Robertson and city council have now reviewed a 34-page report breaking down the latest data, and it’s not looking good.
“How are we doing on our target of fifty per cent of those units going to people who are homeless or coming out of shelters. Are we hitting that target?”
This year’s homeless count of seventeen hundred and forty-six is fifty-seven fewer than last year’s high of 1803, but it is still higher than what we had back in 2008.
Robertson says ‘solving’ homelessness remains part of the ‘longer term plan,’ but he’s seeking support from other levels of government.
The focus remains on affordability, improving building conditions and protecting the city’s stock of single-room occupancy buildings.