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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. /.

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Approximately 3,700 people are homeless in Metro Vancouver.

Homelessness has increased by 22 percent on average every year since 2005 and has become one of the most prevalent issues our city is facing.

Simply providing a roof over the head of someone who is chronically homeless is not enough. To be successful in the long term and to keep these individuals from going back onto the streets, housing must include support services such as counselling, addiction and clinical services. Research has shown that supportive housing implemented in other cities such as Calgary, Toronto, Portland and New York, has an 85 percent track record of success.

To provide the resources needed to address the issue of homelessness in Vancouver costs less than it does to leave people in the streets. It’s about common decency and common sense.

St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church has joined with other faith-based community groups around the Lower Mainland to help raise the funds needed to provide supportive housing for people experiencing chronic homelessness. Our goal is to collectively raise $500,000 per year to donate to the Streetohome Foundation to provide supportive housing to the people that call the streets their home.

The Streetohome Foundation is a community-based organization working to ensure that all citizens in Vancouver have access to safe, decent and affordable housing. Streetohome brings together a consortium of business and community leaders from all sectors to collectively develop solutions to end the issue of homelessness. Collaboration is the key to success. For more information, please visit

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How will my donation be used to end homelessness?

Ninety-four cents out of every dollar will go directly to the Streetohome Foundation to help provide supportive housing to people who are homeless. The remaining six cents will cover processing costs.

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A tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20.00 or more.