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Homeless Facts

In the 2008 Homeless Count there were AT LEAST 3,062 people homeless in Metro Vancouver.

Since 2002, there has been a shocking 137% increase in overall homelessness and a 373% increase in the number of people sleeping outside. /.

Public Costs

Public Costs of Homelessness

It cost $55,000-135,000 a year to leave a homeless person on the street. This is because homeless people are frequent, if involuntary, users of services such as hospitals, ambulances, jails, emergency shelters and food aid. By being homeless a person uses expensive services like a revolving door and has no opportunity to get better.

By contrast, the annual per person cost of a formerly homeless person drops to an average of $37,000 when they live in housing with supports.  Research also indicates that a person’s health and quality of life improves through a variety of indicators.

It cost $55,000-135,000 a year to leave a homeless person on the street.