Homelessness in Surrey is changing. In the past, the majority of the homeless were men who were dealing with addiction and mental health issues. Now, the face of homelessness and of those at risk of homelessness is often youth, particularly aboriginal youth, single parents, seniors, women, as well as men.
Homelessness is complex; people who are homeless are often facing a number of barriers including mental illness, addiction, low employability skills or violence in the home. Often people are simply unable to gain the support needed to get adequate and safe housing. Affordability is also an issue; like many major cities across Canada, home ownership in Surrey has become increasingly out of reach for lower and middle-income citizens.
Learn more about the issues and what is being done to end homelessness in Surrey. Click on the resources below.
- 2014 Homeless Count Report
- The Homeless and Vulnerably Housed in Surrey
- Coming of Age: Re-imagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada
- Master Plan for Housing the Homeless in Surrey
- What Works: Affordable Housing Initiatives in Metro Vancouver Municipalities
- 3 Ways to Home: Regional Homelessness Plan for Greater Vancouver
- Streetohome 10 Year Plan for Vancouver
- BC’s Mental Health and Addictions Journal
- Calgary’s Homelessness 10 Year Plan