VETS Canada Chair, Debbie Lowther, Responds to New Federally-Released Numbers re. Homeless Veterans
Debbie Lowther, VETS Canada Chair, recently spoke with CTV regarding newly released statistics on veteran homelessness:
The number of homeless veterans on the federal government’s radar is growing year over year, with 770 homeless veterans in its database as of September.
With Remembrance Day around the corner, documents tabled in the House of Commons this week offer a sense of the scope of homelessness among Canadian veterans, and according to one veterans group, the numbers show what they’ve been seeing on the ground: that the problem is on the rise.
The number of homeless veterans that Veterans Affairs Canada is aware of in Canada has grown every year since 2015. On Jan. 1, 2015 the department reported a total of 475 on the government’s radar; as of Jan. 1, 2016 that number had grown to 578; and as of Jan. 1, 2017 there were 687 homeless veterans in Canada. That number grew to 770 by September 2017.
“We do see that the problem is kind of on the rise,” Debbie Lowther told CTV News. Lowther is chair and co-founder of Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada (VETS Canada), a volunteer organization focused on identifying and assisting homeless veterans. She said over the last few months the numbers have been steadily increasing
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