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2,174: Edmonton’s Homeless Count Shows Continued Decrease

Read Full Report: 2012 Edmonton Homeless Count

Edmonton – Edmonton’s 10th Homeless Count sees continued decrease in the homeless population. From 1999 to 2008, the Count had shown a steady increase until 2010 when we saw the first decrease since the count began.

Conducted on October 16, the 2012 Homeless Count found 2,174 homeless Edmontonians. This is a decrease from 2,421 found in 2010 and the lowest number since 2002 when 1,915 individuals were counted. This is a 30 percent decrease since 2008, which was the last count done before the inception of the 10 year plans.

“Many thanks to the efforts of our countless partners in this initiative. This Homeless Count reaffirms that we are on the right track with Housing First,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel.  “Up until we implemented the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, our homeless numbers were steadily increasing each year, but since 2009 we have been able to house over 2,300 people. We can feel very proud today, but recognize that there is still much to be done to meet the needs of our most vulnerable citizens.”

Although the overall population has decreased, the Count indicates a 24% increase Sheltered Homeless individuals and an increase in shelters’ operational capacities.

“One significant change in this count, compared to previous years, is the decrease in the Unsheltered Homeless population,” said McGee. “Whereas shelters and short-term supportive housing facilities are running at a very-high operational capacity and there is still much work to end homelessness.”

Since 2009, over 2,300 chronically homeless individuals have been housed through the Housing First Support Program. This is believed to be a cause in the decrease of Unsheltered Homeless people.

For more information:
Janelle Aker
Communications & Media Coordinator,
Homeward Trust Edmonton
[email protected]
Phone: (780) 496-7290
Cell: (780) 700-2499

Homeward Trust Edmonton is a not for profit organization that uses a community-based approach toward the goal of ending homelessness in Edmonton. Our primary role is to coordinate response to housing needs by working together with local agencies and all orders of government.