City and United Way Release 2018 Homelessness Survey Results

The percentage of Homeless women in the City of Kingston is more than double the national average.

The city’s point-in-time homeless count which was held this past April showed that 152 people were living in different stages of homelessness, 59 of which are women.

Results did show there was about a 12 per-cent decrease in the amount of individuals sleeping unsheltered or in emergency shelters, compared to the count conducted in 2016.

"Homelessness enumeration provides important information to assist in ensuring available funding is directed to meet the needs of those experiencing homelessness and will help monitor progress overtime," says Sheldon Laidman, director, housing and social services at the City of Kingston.

Approximately 80 per-cent of all survey respondents self-identified as experiencing a mental health issue.

Of those surveyed, 24 per-cent identified as Indigenous in the urban area and 46 per-cent  in rural areas, an increase over 2016.

The number of youth experiencing homelessness in both the urban and rural areas increased from 2016 to 2018.

In the urban area, youth comprised 26 per-cent of the homeless population and 24 per-cent in the rural area.

The main barriers indicated for not having stable housing included; not enough income, rents are too high, housing is not available, and a family or relationship conflict.  

The results of this survey will be used for policy and program planning with the aim of ending chronic homelessness in the community.

Click here for more detailed results from the 2018 Point-In-Time Count of homeless people in the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac.