Homelessness in Edmonton is exacerbated by our boom and bust economy: people come expecting to find work easily, but things don’t turn out as they’d hoped once they get here. So homeless Edmontonians could be men, women or children of any age – but they’re more likely to be men.

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  • More than 40% of people who are homeless are Aboriginal
  • Many struggle with one or more mental illnesses and/ or addiction

Bringing the numbers of homeless down

The 2012 homeless count, conducted by Homeward Trust volunteers, confirmed the downward trend in the numbers of homeless - a downward trend that only began in 2010 after the launch of the Plan to End Homelessness. Before that the numbers of homeless counted had been rising exponentially since 1999.

Key 2012 numbers

  • 2,174 Edmontonians are homeless -  a decrease from the 2,421 counted in 2010 - substantially fewer than the 3,079 people counted in 2008.
  • 279 are children and youth under 18 - or 13% of the total number of homeless people counted.
  • The numbers of those living in shelters increased by 24%, so the total reduction in homeless people counted actually means a signficant reduction in those who are unsheltered.

You can read Homeward Trust's full report 2012 Edmonton Homeless Count here.