Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Number of Homeless Aboriginal People, Seniors Growing in Metro Vancouver: Report

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Number of Homeless Aboriginal People, Seniors Growing in Metro Vancouver: Report

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High rents, low incomes plague homeless: report

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VANCOUVER - Final numbers from Metro Vancouver's latest homeless count show that more Aboriginal people and seniors are living in shelters and on the streets.

The report says about one-third of the 3,506 people counted self-identified as being Indigenous or Aboriginal.

It says that is the highest proportion represented to date and constitutes a "very strong over-representation" compared to the region's total population, where about 2.5 per cent of people identify as being Indigenous or Aboriginal.

The number of homeless seniors in Metro Vancouver has also grown since the last regional count, with people aged 55 and up now accounting for 21 per cent of the total homeless population, up from 18 per cent in 2014. …

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