The biennial Homeless Count provides the number of homeless individuals in Edmonton. The homeless count provides a point-in-time snapshot of the homeless community, as well as enables the monitoring of changes and trends in the homeless population over time.
Key Findings in 2014 Homeless Count
- 2,307 individuals were identified as being homeless—a 28% decrease from the 3079 individuals counted in the 2008 Homeless Count
- 47% of those counted were observed to be Aboriginal
- At least 335 children under the age of 18 were without a home, an increase of 20% from 2012.
Homeless Count Committee
A committee of community members and government officials meets regularly to carry out the planning process for this important date.
This year, efforts were made to align the count methodology among Alberta’s 7 Cities - Calgary Homeless Foundation, City of Grande Prairie, City of Lethbridge, Homeward Trust Edmonton, Medicine Hat CommunityHousing Society, City of Red Deer, Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo - moved to align the questions theyasked on surveys and the date that they conducted Homeless Point-In-Time Counts, in an effort to make numbersmore comparable.