2014 Edmonton Point-in-Time Homeless Count

2014 Edmonton Point-in-Time Homeless Count

The 2014 Homeless Count included both a Street Count and Shelter Count. Staff members of shelters enumerated the number of homeless staying at their shelters and short-term housing facilities on the night of October 15th. In the Street Count the following day, volunteers approached all individuals along predetermined walking routes and at individual sites, such as bottle depots, transit stations and service agencies. About 300 volunteer enumerators and the staff of numerous agencies participated in the Count, covering 138 sites and zones.

The total number of people experiencing Homeless Counted in Edmonton for the night of October 15 was 2,307. However, more shelters, addictions treatment facilities and transitional housing units were included this year than in 2012. Using a comparable methodology, the total was down by 3% from two years earlier. While overall homeless numbers have stabilized in the last two years, the trend toward decreasing rough sleepers has continued. The corollary to this is an increase in shelter usage. Shelters participating in the Count were at 86% of funded capacity, up from 83% two years earlier.

ORGANIZATION: Homeward Trust Edmonton
PUBLICATION DATE: 2015
LOCATION: Edmonton, AB, Canada