Total Homeless Population in the GVRD counted on March 14 2005
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The only enumerations of the homeless population in the GVRD were conducted in 2002 and 2005. A non-profit organization known as SPARC BC (Social Planning and Research Council of British Columbia) undertook this daunting task with help from numerous other community groups (4). They published their findings in a report called the Greater Vancouver Homeless Count. The purpose of the counts is to provide information on the homeless population for the GVRD’s Regional Homeless Plan (4). Due to the transient nature of the homeless population and the large geographic scale of the study, the count is only an estimate of the homeless population and is certainly an undercount, as it is practically impossible to count every single homeless person (4). For both years, the counts were conducted over one 24-hour period on March 15 th from 12:01am to 11:59pm (4). Homeless people were counted and interviewed at shelters and at various service organizations as well as on the street and in underground parkades (4). The above maps display both the spatial and temporal nature of the findings of the Greater Vancouver Homeless Count.Over three years the total homeless population counted almost doubled from 1121 in 2002 to 2174 in 2005 (4).

 

While, the City of Vancouver clearly continues to be where the majority of the homeless are found, the homeless population has grown more dispersed across the region. The Homeless Count found significant increases in the homeless population in North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey, Langley, Pitt Meadows, and Maple Ridge (4). In 2005, 37% of the GVRD’s homeless population counted was found outside of the City of Vancouver, in the region’s suburban municipalities (4). This finding has dramatic implications for service providers for the homeless, as the majority of homeless shelters and services are concentrated in the inner city.