Home­less count finds at least 166 peo­ple on street

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Hun­dreds of peo­ple — in­clud­ing dozens of youth — are forced to sleep at emer­gency shel­ters, friends’ homes and in parks through­out the year in St. John’s, N.L., ac­cord­ing to a unique re­port that mea­sured home­less­ness in the city. End Home­less­ness St. John’s re­leased the province’s first home­less point-in-time count Tues­day, find­ing that at least 166 peo­ple were home­less in the city last Nov. 30, when the count was con­ducted. That in­cluded 38 peo­ple be­tween the ages of 16 and 24. Shawn Skin­ner, the group’s chair, said the in­for­ma­tion was gath­ered by 100 vol­un­teers who fanned out through the city last year to count peo­ple on the street, while also us­ing data from shel­ters and other in­sti­tu­tions.

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