Greatest concern of homelessness in Saskatchewan and Manitoba

According to a report released today by the Salvation Army, approximately one in nine Canadians say they have either experienced homelessness or have come close to experiencing homelessness at some point in their life. The report titled, “Poverty shouldn’t be a life sentence” is based on responses to a telephone survey conducted in late 2009 that involved 1000 Canadians. “Respondents in Manitoba and Saskatchewan reported the highest rate, with one in five (20%) respondents voicing concern about homelessness,” the report says.

The Salvation Army maintains that homelessness is on the rise across the country as a result of the recession. Of course, a number of factors contribute to the growing problem to homelessness. An inability to find affordable housing was a contributing factor in up to sixty percent of instances of homelessness.

Read the report here.

Norm Fisher
Royal LePage Vidorra

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