Death toll for people experiencing homelessness jumped 75% last year, B.C. coroner finds – CBC

Nearly 250 people without stable housing died in 2021, up from 141 in 2020

Oct 12, 2022

The B.C. Coroners Service says nearly 250 people experiencing homelessness died last year, marking a sharp 75 per cent jump over the number of lives lost in 2020.

Preliminary numbers released by the coroner Wednesday show 247 people who were homeless died in 2021 — up from 141 in 2020.

“This report reflects the risks and realities that people experiencing homelessness face every day,” Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe wrote in a statement.

“We know that many are facing significant health concerns, including physical disabilities, mental health challenges and substance-use issues … My hope is that this information will help support positive action, both during Homelessness Action Week and beyond.”

The coroners service has been studying the number of deaths among people experiencing housing instability since 31 people died in 2012.

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