WHEREAS hidden homelessness in Canada affects 5% of the Canadian population over the age of 65, and 2.4% of the population over the age of 75 (Statistics Canada 2016), and

WHEREAS the vast majority of Canada’s homeless are transitional homeless, entering shelters for short stays, often homelessness is a onetime event, and

WHEREAS a smaller number are episodic homeless, moving into and out of homeless shelters multiple times over several years, and

WHEREAS these two groups make up less than 15% of the homeless population but account for more than half of the resources of the homelessness system which is over $7.05 billion a year, including costs of running shelters, providing social services, health care, and corrections, and

WHEREAS ongoing investment in affordable housing is essential to diminishing homelessness in Canada,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the National Pensioners Federation urge the federal/provincial governments to conduct research and share findings on successful models for addressing homelessness among seniors, including Temporary Housing Programs in the transition back to permanent housing.

Submitted by COSCO of B C