A Count of Homeless Persons in Edmonton: Sept. 2000

A Count of Homeless Persons in Edmonton: Sept. 2000

The Count Committee acknowledges that the count methodology has inherent limitations and that the results reflect only a point-in-time. However, in order to report the count findings in a consistent manner that would allow for comparison, the September 14th count used the same methodology of that used for the March/November 1999 and March 2000 counts. Implementation of the count relied on the cooperation and involvement of the community serving the homeless and a team of volunteers. The method included a direct and indirect count to ensure as much thoroughness and accuracy as possible. Demographics gathered during the count included observed gender, race and age. Family status was also documented; including the number of caregivers, and the number of dependent children. This fourth count of the homeless found 1160 persons in the City of Edmonton. Of these, 650 were absolute homeless - having no housing alternative - and 510 were sheltered homeless - living in emergency accommodations. There were 64 families counted, encompassing 146 children under the age of 15 and 78 caregivers. A majority of the homeless were single - 936 of the 1160 total – and male (69% or 638, not including children in families) and 30% or 278 were female. The percentage of males and females was almost equally divided between the sheltered and absolute homeless.

Summary Credit:
Homelessness-Related Research Capacities in Alberta: A Comprehensive Environmental Scan, prepared by Dr. Katharina Kovacs Burns, MSc, MHSA, PhD and Dr. Solina Richter, PhD, RN for The Alberta Homelessness Research Consortium (2010)

ORGANIZATION: Edmonton Homelessness Count Committee
PUBLICATION DATE: 2000
LOCATION: Edmonton, AB, Canada