Vancouver’s Mayor says street homelessness down 66% since 2008

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In a keynote address to the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson emphasized the need for all levels of government to invest in the kind of innovative partnerships that have helped Vancouver reduce street homelessness and turn the tide with new housing.

He also called upon the federal government and all Canadians to view homelessness as a national challenge, with a need for bold action to make a difference.

“We’ve seen incredible progress on this challenge in Vancouver. Street homelessness is down 66% since 2008, almost 500 people have moved from shelters into permanent housing, and the City is on pace to meet or exceed the Housing and Homelessness Strategy’s 2014 goals for new supportive and non-market housing,” Robertson said.