In 2002, a count of homeless individuals coordinated through the Regional Steering Committee on Homelessness found that on the North Shore there were 44 people found homeless. In 2020, the total has risen to 212. The number of homeless individuals on the North Shore has increased steadily since 2002, with the exception of a slight decrease in 2011.
Figures from the counts were derived during a 24 hour Point In Time (PiT) “snap shot”, and thought to be an under count of the actual homeless. In 2020, in addition to the PiT count, there was also a 6 day pilot extended count which included 75% more individuals that in the PiT count alone. This extended number also included higher proportions of individuals with intersectional identities.
In addition to the absolute homeless, there are now at least 14.4% or 9790 households on the North Shore who spend 30 per cent or more of their income on shelter costs. This burden poses a threat for becoming homeless and is referred to as a “core need”. Within this group, there are 4,905 households which are at risk for homelessness, an increase since 2015. These households are “In Core Need and Paying at Least Half of their Pre-tax Income on Shelter” (2020).
The estimated number of social housing units on the North Shore is 2,573, which is 12% of the renter household stock estimates and second lowest percentage in Metro Vancouver.