Windsor

City identifies 201 homeless people in Windsor

The city identified 201 people living on the streets during a 24-hour street survey conducted back in April. On average, people had been homeless for about five-and-a-half months and struggled to find stable housing for nearly two years.

About 74 per cent of respondents were adults between the ages of 25 and 64

Amanda Stephens, who suffers from mental illness, was identified as homeless during a survey conducted in Windsor back in April. (Alex Brockman/CBC)

Hundreds of people are homeless in Windsor, according to the latest results of a survey by the city and the Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County.

The city identified 201 people living on the streets during a 24-hour street survey conducted back in April. On average, people had been homeless for about five-and-a-half months and struggled to find stable housing for nearly two years.

"Five per cent of respondents indicated they were sleeping rough — sleeping in cars or in very precarious places or places that were uninhabitable," said Kelly Goz, the city's co-ordinator of housing administration and development.

The survey, which was conducted in April, was presented to the city's social development committee this week.

About 74 per cent of respondents were adults between the ages of 25 and 64, while 21 per cent were between 15 and 24.

There were also seven families with children identified as being homeless.

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