2016 Point in Time Homeless Count highlights

Homeless snapshot

The 2016 Point in Time Homeless Count provided a snapshot of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people in Red Deer on a single night.

The count captures numbers and demographic information of individuals experiencing homelessness.

Key findings in the Point In Time Homeless Count Report include:

  • 149 people were homeless.
  • 37 people were unsheltered.
  • 50 per cent were homeless for the first time.
  • 75 per cent of homeless were male.
  • 23 per cent of homeless were under the age of 25.
  • 77 people were staying in emergency shelter.
  • five per cent of homeless belonged to the LGBTQ2S community.
  • 40 per cent of homeless were aboriginal despite making up only 5.2 per cent of Red Deer’s total population.
  • eight per cent of homeless were employed full-time.
  • seven per cent of homeless were veterans.
  • up to one quarter of homeless lived in Red Deer less than three months.
  • 71 per cent of homeless had some form of addiction.


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