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2250 Homeless Veterans on the streets according to a recent study, VETS Canada reacts to those numbers

01.9.16

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According to a study done by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in March 2015, there are 2250 homeless Veterans utilizing shelter services in Canada.  The report was released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.  VETS Canada was contacted by several media outlets for its reaction to the number.  While VETS Canada is very happy that the study has been released so that the general public becomes more aware that homelessness among Veterans is an issue, our belief is that the number doesn’t accurately reflect the number of homeless Veterans.  The study’s findings come from a database utilized by 60 shelters across the country, there are many more shelters that do not utilize that database.  The study does not take into consideration the Veterans who are homeless but not utilizing shelter services, the ones who are couch surfing, living in their car, living in a tent or living in substandard housing.

You can view some of VETS Canada’s responses  here:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=782507

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alberta-s-homeless-war-veterans-seek-help-from-national-support-group-1.3392598

http://globalnews.ca/news/2436640/is-ottawa-underestimating-the-number-of-homeless-vets/

http://globalnews.ca/video/2445510/vets-canada-on-homelessness