POLITICS

Homelessness by the numbers

04/21/2014 02:43 EDT | Updated 06/21/2014 05:59 EDT
OTTAWA - Some facts and figures on homelessness in Canada:

How many homeless in a year? The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013 report estimates that each year at least 200,000 individuals seek homeless emergency services or sleep outside at least once.

How many homeless on an ordinary day? On any day, about 28,500 people are homeless and there may also be as many as 50,000 "hidden homeless," including those temporarily "couch surfing" with friends or relatives.

How long do they stay homeless? The median length of a stay in emergency shelter is about 50 days, although most people need beds for less than a month and 29 per cent stay only one night. Most manage to find their own places, usually with little support.

How many are chronically homeless? 4,000 to 8,000.

Source: The Homeless Hub