Aboriginal people continue to be disproportionately represented among the homeless population.
The Point in Time Count done in October, 2014 helped us develop a clear picture of homelessness among Indigenous Peoples. Here are some key facts:
- While Aboriginal people make up less than 3% of Calgary’s population, they make up 21.1% of its homeless population.
- 8.7% of Aboriginal people counted sleep rough, as compared to 3.2% of Caucasian persons.
- 14.2% of Aboriginal persons enumerated were found in systems homelessness, compared to 5.7% of Caucasians.
- 21.6% of Aboriginal persons enumerated were in transitional housing, compared to 40.8% of their Caucasian counterparts.
- Aboriginal women are over-represented within the female homeless population, where 30.4% of all homeless women counted identified as Aboriginal (as compared to 21.1% of the whole population).
Homelessness hits Indigenous people hard. We are working with many agencies in Calgary to find solutions to improve the situation.
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