Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson says he’s disappointed in the latest homeless count results.
The tenth annual homeless count in Vancouver, held on March 9th and 10th, 2016 found 1,847 people facing homelessness, an increase of almost six per cent over 2015.
Here is a statement from the Mayor.
“The homeless count results are disappointing, considering the aggressive approach the City has taken over the last five years help people who are homeless and to address the root causes of homelessness. We’ve made significant investments and with our offer of 20 sites of city-owned land worth $250 million, the City continues to do more than our share. We’re ready and willing to work with the BC and federal governments to build thousands of homes for people in Vancouver who are homeless and on low and modest incomes.”
Vision Vancouver councillor Kerry Jan calls the 2016 homeless count results frustrating, but says they’re not giving up.
Stats show nearly 1900 people are homeless in Vancouver, a hike of nearly six per cent over last year.
Jang calls the numbers sobering.
“We’re seeing a lot of youth and these are kids aging out of foster care straight to the street, prison releases, poverty is still huge, we have the lowest welfare rates and the highest expenses in the country. And that gap continues to grow – which is driving this homelessness.”
Jang says many of the recently homeless are from rural B.C.
Mayor Gregor Robertson says the results are disappointing, considering the aggressive approach the city has taken over the last five years to help people who are homeless and to address the root causes.
He says the city is ready to work with the BC and federal governments to build thousands of homes for people who are homeless and on low and modest incomes.