For Vancouver-area seniors, there is a housing crisis under way that is exacerbated by the fact that they are a demographic with limited options.
Seniors are the fastest growing homeless demographic, according to the city of Vancouver’s Homelessness & Supportive Housing Strategy, released on Oct. 7. For the past two years, they have represented about one-quarter of the homeless population.
“What the data is showing is that they are first-time homeless — they aren’t aging into homelessness,” says Jenny Konkin, president of Whole Way House Society, a non-profit, which offers housing to 133 men.
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