Human Development Council Releases 2013 Saint John Shelter Use Infographic

Human Development Council Releases 2013 Saint John Shelter Use Infographic

Saint John’s annual Homelessness Report Card is now available online in the form of an infographic. It displays data from 2013, when 338 individuals relied on emergency shelters for safety and warmth. The number was nearly identical to the 341 individuals served in 2012.
The shelter numbers for Saint John are from the city’s three emergency shelters—the Salvation Army, Coverdale and Out of the Cold. According to 2013 data, one in five shelter users in the city is a youth under the age of 24.
The numbers do not include the young women who stayed at First Steps, the women who accessed any of the three Violence Against Women (VAW) transition homes in the region, individuals who are sleeping rough (on the streets, in parks), or people who are “hidden homeless” (couch surfing, living in cars/abandoned buildings, or staying in a dangerous situation for lack of other options).
“Homelessness is a multifaceted problem and emergency shelter use does not tell the whole story but we use it as a proxy measure for lack of a better option” said Jenny O’Connell, Community Development Coordinator with the HDC. “Shelter use is just the tip of the iceberg.”
Copies of the infographic can be downloaded from the HDC’s website: http://sjhdc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/2014-Homelessness-Report-Card.pdf
For Interviews, please contact:
Jenny O’Connell
Community Development Coordinator
jenny@sjhdc.ca
636-8549

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