The extent and nature of veteran homelessness in Canada

Quick Summary

  • First study to look at Veteran homelessness nationally
  • Uses Homeless Individuals and Families Information System (HIFIS) data collected at 60 emergency shelters across Canada between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014
  • It is estimated that 2,250 Veterans use homeless shelters each year in Canada.
  • About 2.7% of annual shelter users were identified as Veterans
  • There is a higher rate of episodic homelessness for Veterans compared to non-Veterans
  • Homeless Veterans are older, on average, than homeless non-Veterans
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