A report going before the District of Sault Ste. Marie Administration Board quantifies the number of homeless people in Sault Ste. Marie, showing an increase of 150 since 2018 and includes the hidden homeless population.
On October 26th, over a period of five days, an Everyone Counts 2021 Point-In-Time
Homelessness Count, was conducted in Sault Ste. Marie.
According to the report, the count spanned five days and although it was scaled back due to COVID-19, the results are accepted as the current situation on the ground. Multiple community partners came together including, John Howard Society, Ontario
Aboriginal Housing Services, Canadian Mental Health Association (Algoma), and the Indigenous Friendship Centre. Sault Area Hospital was also a partner in correlating all of the numbers.
The report to the board states there are 244 individuals who identify as homeless in our community. That is an increase of 262 percent and the numbers break down as follows:
34 unsheltered individuals, 42 individuals in Emergency Shelters, 55 in the health and correctional facilities, 94 living in someone else’s home, 20 in transitional housing and 4 living in a vehicle.
Approximately 21 percent of the individuals counted suffered from chronic homelessness ( homeless for 6+ months). This is down from 40 percent in 2018 when 37.5 of the 93 individuals counted suffered from the same condition.
56 percent of those surveyed identified as male, 40 percent female, 1 percent other and 3 percent refused the question.
65 percent (159) identified as aboriginal, 3 percent (7) as veterans.
There are no children homeless, however 9 percent (22) identify as between 15-24. The majority of the homeless in our community are adults.
The full report can be seen at the bottom of this article. The DSSAB will be discussing this at their upcoming meeting, Thursday.
The full report can be seen in the slideshow below.
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