The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness is a coalition of community organizations and all levels of government. We believe that by working together, we can end homelessness in the Metro Vancouver area. Our work is guided by the Committee’s Regional Homelessness Plan : Three Ways to Home. Click here to download the Regional Homelessness Plan.
The RSCH would like to know if you find this report useful and welcomes your feedback. Please let us know if you use the information and provide comments to: RSCH@metrovancouver.org
View a video story about the 2014 Homeless Count here
For more information on the Homelessness Partnering Strategy, please visit http://actionplan.gc.ca/en/initiative/homelessness-partnering-strategy
Homeless Counts have been conducted by the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness across the Metro Vancouver region every three years (2002, 2005, 2008, 2011 and 2014).
The Counts are a 24-hour point-in-time snapshot and therefore the numbers are understood to be the minimum number of people who were homeless in the Metro Vancouver region during that period.
The homeless count is an important tool to better understand Metro Vancouver’s homeless population and is the best approach to determine if the homeless population is increasing or decreasing, as well as better understand trends within the population. Policy makers and community agencies have relied on the Count to inform program and service planning.
The RSCH is grateful to all homeless-serving agencies throughout the region and the Community Homelessness Tables, who lend their expertise and knowledge of working with people on a daily basis to the Homeless Counts. The homeless count would not be possible without the assistance of hundreds of volunteers across the region.
The 2014 Homeless Count was funded by: the Government of Canada’s Homeslessness Partnering Strategy, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia, Surrey Homelessness and Housing Society and Translink