Vancouver has taken a solid step backwards in its efforts to eradicate street homelessness, with double the people sleeping on heating grates, in alleys and in store doorways this year than last. A report released Tuesday said the actual number of street homeless has gone from 154 in 2011 to 306 this year.
The report was coupled with a new study on the health of the homeless by Dr. Michael Krausz, the UBC Providence Leadership Chair for addiction research. His study showed that 93 per cent have a current mental disorder and 83 per cent a substance abuse disorder.
Vancouver Sun, Wed May 30 2012, By: Jeff Lee, Link to full text