Vancouver has a housing shortage, but it’s not as bad as it might seem.
Here’s a look at how to help those in need.
1:40 Vancouver’s homeless population is at its highest level in 20 years, according to a new study by the city’s Downtown Eastside Community Association.
But while homelessness has increased by about one-third since last summer, the numbers are still not close to reaching capacity, according.
As a result, the city has seen a steady decline in the number of people who have lived in shelters.
In the past year, the number fell from more than 20,000 to around 13,000.
“The numbers we are seeing are much lower than we would like,” said Downtown Easts executive director Rob Bonta.
“So we have to be very careful about what we’re putting out there, what we put out there is going to make a difference, because that’s really our only way to get our economy moving again.”
Bonto said the city is putting more resources into helping those living in shelters than it has in the past.
That includes providing housing vouchers and food assistance.
The city is also offering incentives for people to take part in social services and get jobs.
“We are seeing more people coming to us with the desire to get involved,” said Bontas, adding the city does not yet have an estimate on how many people will apply for shelter vouchers this year.
Bontos group says it hopes to see the city get through its first year of the new housing policy.
In addition to the vouchers, the association has set up a website where people can find out more about the program and sign up to receive information about jobs in the community.
The group also hopes to make it easier for people who live in shelters to get jobs and services.
“There’s a lot of work to do,” Bontons said.
“It’s going to take time.
We want people to get out, get out and stay out.”
Vancouver is facing a major housing shortage The Downtown East Side Community Association says there are 1,700 homeless people in shelters across the city.
The number is more than triple the number when Vancouver was hit with the most severe winter of the last century.
The association has already seen its shelter numbers rise to about 50,000 this year, from less than 5,000 in the year before.
The shelter numbers are expected to double again this year as more people move into shelters, said association executive director Mark Jelley.
“In some of the older shelters, there are people who are now living in the same apartment building as other people who were housed at the same time as them,” he said.
While many of those shelters are located in the Downtown East, it is also in the north end and the west end of the city, which are both experiencing a boom in the housing market.
That has led to some of those new housing units going to seniors, who are typically the most vulnerable.
“That’s where we’re seeing a lot more seniors in shelters and we’re also seeing a big surge in the homeless population,” said Jelly.
Homeless shelters are a huge problem in Vancouver, where many people live on the streets.
There are about 2,700 shelters across Metro Vancouver, and a further 1,200 are set to open this year under a $1-billion initiative called the Downtown Community Investment Program.
The project, known as Downtown East’s (DECI), is aimed at helping the homeless by providing them with a safe, secure place to stay and a stable income.
In order to get people into shelter, the DECI is offering financial incentives to help people get jobs, and to encourage them to apply for vouchers.
However, that does not necessarily mean shelter residents will be able to live in the shelter with others, said Dereck Tinsley, a Vancouver-based housing policy specialist with the Downtown Association.
“I think that it’s really important to get that work done with the individuals who are in those shelters,” said Tinsly.
“If you’re a resident of a shelter and you have a job, and you’re able to go out, I think that’s pretty important.”
Vancouver has seen an increase in homelessness over the last decade, and it is expected to continue to do so.
According to the city of Vancouver, there were 4,865 people in emergency shelters in Vancouver in December, up from 3,942 the year prior.
Homelessness is on the rise in Vancouver The Downtown District’s annual count shows there were about 1,100 people in the city homeless in December 2017, up slightly from the previous year’s count of 991.
That’s about three times as many as there were in 2015.
While the number has been declining for some time, homelessness has become more prevalent in recent years.
In 2016, there was 1,827 homeless people, up three-quarters from the year earlier.
But in 2017, that