Saskatoon

Number of homeless children in Saskatoon up

There are 34 more children in Saskatoon who don't have a permanent home than there were in 2012. In total, 450 people in the city don't have a secure place to live, and 45 of them are children.

Report counts 45 children among those without a secure place to live

A project at the U of S to count homelessness this summer reveals 450 people don't have secure housing, including 45 children. (Pabak Sarkar, Flickr cc)

There are 34 more children in Saskatoon who don't have a permanent place to call home. 

In total, 450 people in the city don't have a secure place to live, and 45 of them are children. In 2012, 11 children did not have a home.

The count was done by the Community-University Institute for Social Research (CUISR) in partnership with the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership and Community Advisory Board on Saskatoon Homelessness.

The numbers released today include people who live in homeless shelters, couch surf and sleep on the streets.

Isobel Findlay, one of the project leaders, doesn't know what accounts for the rise in homeless children.

"I don't have an easy answer for that," said Findlay. "We're still digging through the data to see if there are some clues why that would be the case."

Findlay said all but two of the children they spoke with live in shelters. 

She added the report actually underestimates the true number of homeless people in the city.

"Point in time counts by definition underestimate," she said. "So this is always a number fewer than the reality out there."

Findlay said some of the reasons people don't have a home likely include a lack of affordable housing and unemployment.

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