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Homeless census highlights need for support for youth in care, Indigenous people, organizer says – CBC

by ahnationtalk on October 10, 201888 Views

Study attempts to count as many homeless people in Winnipeg as possible

Oct 10, 2018

Being Indigenous and involvement in the child welfare system are two of the most common characteristics of people experiencing homelessness in Winnipeg, the latest street census suggests.

The 2018 Winnipeg street census attempted to gather information on as many homeless people in the city as possible. Over a 24-hour period on April 17 and 18, close to 300 volunteers fanned out across the city, encountering more than 1,500 people living on the streets, in emergency shelters or in some other form of provisional housing.

“The real purpose of the street census is not to tell us, of course, how many people are experiencing homelessness. It’s really about who is experiencing homelessness, how and why,” said Kate Kehler, executive director of the Social Planning Council, which co-ordinates the census.

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