Metro Vancouver is out with its homeless count for 2017, and 3,605 is the troubling number gathered from volunteers who conducted the count.
Troubling, because that number represents a 30 per cent increase from the previous tally in 2014.
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Almost every single municipality experienced an increase in homelessness, with the lone exception being the North Shore.
Delta, White Rock, Langley and the Tri-Cities, in particular, saw the biggest jumps – at least doubling their numbers from three years ago.
Breakdown of what defined someone who was considered homeless in the count: pic.twitter.com/rCnXFew5UW
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Port Moody mayor Mike Clay says the results are indicative of a province-wide issue.
“We know that there are 70 makeshift camps throughout the region in Vancouver, Langley, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Surrey, Delta, Burnaby, and Coquitlam, and one of the things we’re learning and emphasizing is that this is not just a Vancouver problem, this is affecting all of us in the region.”
He adds it’s an issue that will continue until more systemic changes are put into place.
Meanwhile Jeremy Hunka of the Union Gospel Mission calls the results alarming.
“I’m hoping that these numbers serve as a big wake up call to Metro Vancouver.”
Hunka adds he’s concerned the number is also too conservative.
The percentage of Indigenous, Aboriginal, and youth under the age of 25 on the streets all saw some sort of jump to varying degrees.
Earlier in the day housing advocates outlined their suggestions for decreasing homelessness in B.C., which includes an annual investment of $1.8-billion into affordable housing.