The 2023 Squamish Point in Time Homeless Count took place in a 24 hour period between the evenings of April 24th and 25th this year, in partnership with Homelessness Services Association of BC Squamish Helping Hands SocietyPearlSpaceSea to Sky Community Services, and Vancouver Coastal Health. Results from the Count are now available online.

Highlights include:
👉 119 people were identified as experiencing homelessness (compared to 107 in 2021)
👉 86% of respondents were unsheltered
👉 67% were adults between the ages of 25-54, 9% were youth under 25
👉 32% of respondents identified as Indigenous, compared with 3% of the Census population
👉 41% reported insufficient income as their reason for housing loss

The Homeless Count uses a Point-in-Time methodology involving a survey and shelter counts to provide a number of persons experiencing homelessness in a given community in a 24-hour period.
Surveys almost always results in an undercount, and results will reflect only those who participated in the survey. In past counts, women, members of the LGBTQIA2S+ community, Indigenous people, racialized peoples, youth, and seniors tend to be underrepresented in this methodology.

The complete Squamish 2023 profile is available here: https://hsa-bc.ca/_Library/2023_HC/HC_2023_CommunityProfile_Squamish.pdf. The previous profile for 2021 is available here: https://hsa-bc.ca/_Library/2020_HC/Homeless-Count-Squamish-2021.pdf.