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Post-Olympics Vancouver

May 05 2010
The number of homeless living in sheltered accommodation has nearly doubled

Homelessness is increasing in the Olympic city of Vancouver, a new study has revealed.

Results from a census taken in March show there are now 1,762 homeless in the Canadian 2010 Winter Games city, up from 1,576 in 2008.

The number of homeless living in sheltered accommodation has also nearly doubled, jumping from 765 in 2008 to 1,334 today. At the same time, however, the number of people living on the streets has halved from 811 two years ago to 428 in 2010.

Mayor Gregor Robertson, who has made an election promise to end homelessness in Vancouver by 2015, said the numbers show how more permanent social housing is "urgently needed". And with seven temporary shelters due to close over the next month, at least 500 people will be sent back to the streets.

He said: "There is still a lot of work to be done to create housing."