The Social Planning Council believes there are at least 1400 homeless people in our city.
In their final street census report, they found there was nearly 480 people who are absolutely homeless with nowhere to go, while over 900 of those surveyed had some form of accommodation.
Community Animator Christina Maes-Nino tells 680 CJOB they found more men are living on the streets than women.
“That’s mostly because women are more hidden when experiencing homelessness or they tend to stay with friends of family than be in an emergency shelter.”
The report also showed, 43 is the average age of a person experiencing homelessness and 225 people were under 30-years-old.
Maes-Nino notes those surveyed say family break-down is the primary reason people first became homeless.
“We also found that almost 50 per cent had been in the care of Child and Family Services, so those really relate to each other. The most common age people first become homeless is 18. So you can really see a pattern there of what’s happening with young people in care.”
The group hopes this information will be used to improve decision-making for funders, governments and community organizations providing services to people experiencing homelessness. They also hope the informaion will be track the progress on ending homelessness.
The Winnipeg Street Census was conducted over a 24-hour period last October.
Maes-Nino hopes they conduct the census every other year.