Home­less­ness down in re­gion

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS -

Water­loo Re­gion’s lat­est Point in Time Count shows fewer peo­ple were home­less last month than dur­ing the last snap­shot taken in 2014.

The April 23 count found 264 individuals and fam­i­lies re­ported be­ing home­less, 12 per cent fewer than the last count. The number of home­less youth was down by 11 per cent.

The lat­est count saw a group of more than 90 re­gional and lo­cal agency staff and vol­un­teers visit shel­ters, drop-ins, tran­si­tional hous­ing and walk the streets.

Eighty-five per cent of those counted said they were stay­ing in lo­cal shel­ters; the rest were sleep­ing in un­shel­tered places, in­clud­ing tents or pub­lic places.

“We are headed in the right direc­tion as a com­mu­nity; but there is more work to do be­fore ev­ery­one has a place to call home,” said Deb Sch­lichter, di­rec­tor of hous­ing ser­vices.

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