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Calgary homeless count results show numbers continue to decline

The 3,222 people on Calgary's streets reflect an 11 per cent decline since 2008

During this year's point-in-time count, 45 per cent of Calgary's homeless were in an emergency shelter.

Jennifer Friesen / For Metro

During this year's point-in-time count, 45 per cent of Calgary's homeless were in an emergency shelter.

Calgary’s homeless population continues to decrease according to the latest point-in-time count.

In October, volunteers fanned out across the city to count the homeless for the Calgary Homeless Foundation.

The count revealed 3,222 people who were without a place to sleep in Calgary on the night of Oct. 19. The number reflects an 11 per cent decline from the 2008 numbers.

On a per capita basis, that’s actually a decline of 26 per cent since 2008.

The count was conducted as part of a province-wide count in Alberta’s seven largest cities. The province-wide numbers show that Calgary is becoming a hub for the homeless, despite the decrease.

While the 2014 count showed Calgary had 54 per cent of the total provincial homeless population on that night, this year's count shows Calgary represents 60 per cent of the total provincial count of 5,373.

"What we are doing is working,” said Diana Krecsy, president and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation "The challenge is, in spite of continued progress throughout the homeless-serving sector, Calgary continues to not have enough appropriate housing for its vulnerable citizens."

The Calgary Homeless Foundation will release a detailed report on the count early in the New Year.

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