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.

Some more facts2013-01-28-600wide-iamhuman

  • 47% 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 2014 homeless count, conducted by Homeward Trust volunteers, confirmed the downward trend in the numbers of homeless – a downward trend that only began in 2009 after the launch of the Plan to End Homelessness. Before that the numbers of homeless counted had been rising exponentially since 1999.

Key 2014 numbers

  • 2,307 Edmontonians are homeless –  a 28% decrease from the 3,079 counted in the 2008 homeless count 
  • At least 335 children under the age of 18 were without a home, an increase of 20% from 2012
  • You can read Homeward Trust’s full report 2014 Edmonton Homeless Count here.