September 27, 2012 12:54 pm

Almost 400 people homeless in Saskatoon according to United Way survey

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United Way of Saskatoon has released a “rough count” of the number of homeless people in Saskatoon. 

According to the survey, 372 were homeless in the city on Sept. 24. 

Of those, 103 slept outdoors and 269 were staying in shelters, motels or transition housing. 

Almost 20 per cent of the homeless were children. 

A similar survey in 2008 found 261 homeless people in Saskatoon, 32 who were children. 

“We know this number will disturb many people in our city but it is important that we address this issue,” said United Way Executive Director Sheri Benson. 

“We believe Saskatoon needs to address our homeless problem early in this period of significant growth before our numbers climb even higher.” 

United Way is spearheading a group to develop a 10-year plan to end homelessness. 

The homeless count was taken earlier this week by 130 volunteers who visited shelters and outdoor areas. 

A final report is scheduled to be released in November.

 

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