Poverty and Homeless Prevention

 

The authors of a report coming out today admit their idea of putting public dollars and effort toward preventing homelessness is somewhat controversial. The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness say higher minimum wages or benefit rates and increasing affordable housing are critical.

The federal government is set to release a national housing strategy and start talks about the future of its anti-poverty program. 

The latest homeless count in the Vernon area has determined there are at least 75 people with no  home. Vernon's COOL team, conducted it's semi-annual homeless count Wednesday morning.

They found:
- 21 people sleeping outside
- 24 people staying in the Howard House shelter which was full
- 13  men and 11 women sleeping at Gateway shelter
- 6 sleeping on emergency mats

The city of Vernon is spending an extra 81-thousand dollars to have by-law officers monitor homeless camps during shoulder seasons in the early spring and late fall.