Indigenous Communities

Indigenous people continue to be disproportionately represented among the homeless population.

The Point in Time Count done in October, 2014 helped us develop a clear picture of homelessness among Indigenous Peoples. Here are some key facts:

  • While Indigenous people make up less than 3% of Calgary’s population, they make up 21.1% of its homeless population.
  • 8.7% of Indigenous people counted sleep rough, as compared to 3.2% of Caucasian persons.
  • 14.2% of Indigenous persons enumerated were found in systems homelessness, compared to 5.7% of Caucasians.
  • 21.6% of Indigenous peoples enumerated were in transitional housing, compared to 40.8% of their Caucasian counterparts.
  • Indigenous women are over-represented within the female homeless population, where 30.4% of all homeless women counted identified as Aboriginal (as compared to 21.1% of the whole population).

Homelessness hits Indigenous people hard. We are working with many agencies in Calgary to find solutions to improve the situation.

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