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. This number has increased from 44 to 121 in 2020 using the 24 hour Point in Time (PiT) method. Please note that this number is likely an undercount, as indicated by an extended 6 day pilot count which found 212 people experiencing homelessness in 2020. This extended count 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.