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Results of homelessness survey released



Date 14 August 2019

 The results are now in from the Rural Homelessness Estimation Project, which took place in Drumheller in October 2018. Drumheller Valley FCSS and local partner organisations ran the project as part of a Province wide homelessness count. In total, 20 communities took part, making it one of the largest coordinated rural homelessness data collection projects ever completed anywhere in the world.

"This project was coordinated by Family and Community Support Services Association of Alberta (FCSSAA), administered by the Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN), and funded in part by the Government of Canada's Homelessness Partnering Strategy," explained April Harrison, Drumheller Valley FCSS Coordinator. "26 people out of the 83 who completed the survey felt their housing situation was unstable. Unstable housing is classified as "difficulty paying rent, spending a major portion of the household income on housing, having frequent moves, living in overcrowded conditions, or doubling up with friends and relatives".

"A Housing sub-committee has been established as part of the wider Poverty Reduction strategy" outlined Jenessa McAuley of the Salvation Army, which was involved in the Homelessness Estimation project. "They will use these results and the results gleaned from a number of other reports to develop an action plan to try and address homelessness and housing insecurity in Drumheller."


The provincial report (with data from all 20 communities) was released at the end of June.

The project used the homelessness estimation method described in the ARDN's Step-by-Step Guide to Estimating Rural Homelessness.

The report for Drumheller is attached for information

For more Information Contact:

Julia Fielding

Communications Officer


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