At least 281 homeless people died in British Columbia between 2006 and 2013. The true number is likely much higher.
It’s this rarely discussed statistic that inspired ‘Dying on the Streets,’ the first report of its kind to look at homeless deaths in the province.
As municipalities across B.C. struggle with increasing homelessness and the City of Vancouver works to try and end homelessness by 2015, little attention is paid to the hundreds of lives lost in the province simply because individuals could not access proper housing.
By highlighting the significant undercounting of homeless people who die in B.C. each year, illustrating the deadliness of homelessness, and demonstrating that these deaths are largely preventable, ‘Dying on the Streets’ aims to galvanize governments to do more to end homelessness in the province.
Article by Condon, S., McDermid, J. Street ~ Corner Media Foundation, Megaphone Nov 12, 2014