Homelessness down in region
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.