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Teacher Newsmagazine Volume 20, Number 4, January/February 2008

10,580 homeless in BC

A survey conducted by Opposition Critic for Homelessness, David Chudnovsky, shows that there are a minimum of 10,580 homeless people in BC. Front-line workers across the province, in more than 60 municipalities, reported on their local situations.

Chudnovsky wrote to the Minister Responsible for Homelessness, Rich Coleman, asking for government figures on homelessness. When no response was received, Chudnovsky’s office took on the task of contacting cities and municipalities across the province.

City Homeless Count*
Abbotsford 400
Armstrong 0
Burnaby 180
Campbell River 35
Castlegar/Trail 10
Chetwynd 30
Comox Valley 200
Cowichan Valley (Duncan) 200
Cranbrook 50
Dawson Creek 100
Delta** 11
Fernie 20
Fort Saint James 125
Fort Saint John 100
Fraser Valley (Hope, Chilliwack, Mission) 184
Grand Forks 30
Hazelton 0
Houston 20
Kamloops 300
Kelowna 279
Kitimat 0
Langley 100
Lillooet 20
Lower Sunshine Coast 200
Mackenzie 0
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows 80
Merritt/Princeton 30
Nanaimo 225
Nelson 250
New Westminster** 92
North Shore 200
Oliver 100
Osoyoos 20
Parksville/Qualicum 10
Penticton 130
Port Alberni 112
Port Hardy & Port McNeil 75
Powell River N/A
Prince George 1,050
Prince Rupert 80
Queen Charlotte Islands 50
Quesnel 140
Richmond** 33
Salmon Arm/Sicamous/Enderby 100
Saltspring 23
Smithers 50
Squamish & surrounding area 200
Summerland N/A
Surrey** 371
Terrace 35
Tri Cities 200
Vancouver 2,300
Vanderhoof N/A
Vernon 150
Victoria 1550
Whistler & surrounding area 200
Williams Lake 130
100 Mile House 0
TOTAL 10,580

*Except when otherwise noted, these numbers are estimates provided by front-line workers who deal with homelessness in each community on a daily basis. In many cases, they have given assurances that the numbers are minimum estimates.

**The numbers for these metro Vancouver municipalities are taken from the outdated 2005 count. In all other metro municipalities the number of homeless since that time has increased by a minimum of 78%. If we were to project that minimum increase on these four municipalities, it would increase the total by 891.

For detailed survey results, please visit www.davidchudnovsky.bc.ca.

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