Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver

2021 Homeless Count

Each year, with the help of volunteers, the City of Vancouver undertakes a homeless count to provide critical information on the number and circumstances of people experiencing homelessness. The count also provides information on how this population is changing over time.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to minimize any risk of transmission, the 2021 Homeless Count did not take place.

Staff at the City of Vancouver will be collecting alternative data to provide insight into the state of homelessness in Vancouver in 2021, and will be reporting on the results to City Counil in the fall of 2021.


2020 Preliminary Data Report

In 2020, the Homeless Count in Metro Vancouver took place in shelters on March 3 and on the streets on March 4. The count found that in Vancouver:

  • 2,095 residents identified as homeless
  • 547 people were living on the streets
  • 1,548 people with no fixed address were living in sheltered location, including emergency shelters, detox centres, safe houses, and hospitals.