Chudnovsky wrote to the Minister Responsible for Homelessness, Rich Coleman asking for government figures on homelessness. When no response was received Chudnovsky’s office took on the task of contacting cities and municipalities across the province.
What follows are the results of the survey:
City- Homeless Count*
Lower Sunshine Coast- 200
Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows- 80
New Westminster**- 92
North Shore- 200
Port Alberni- 112
Port Hardy and Port Mcneil- 75
Powell River- N/A
Prince George- 1050
Prince Rupert- 80
Queen Charlotte Islands- 50
Salmon Arm/Sicamous/Enderby- 100
Squamish and surrounding area- 200
Tri Cities- 200
Whistler and surrounding area- 200
Williams Lake- 130
100 Mile House- 0
*Except when otherwise noted, these numbers are estimates provided by front line workers who deal with homelessness in each community on a daily basis. In many cases, they have given assurances that the numbers are minimum estimates.
**The numbers for these metro Vancouver municipalities are taken from the outdated 2005 count. In all other metro municipalities the number of homeless since that time has increased by a minimum of 78%. If we were to project that minimum increase on these 4 municipalities, it would increase the total by 891.