The 2023 Greater Vancouver Homeless Count revealed more than one in five of the region’s homeless, (22 per cent) are aged 55 or older. That’s more than double the 10 per cent who were homeless in 2005.
“They don’t tend to be the ones out asking for help, they kind of come from a generation of pull up your boot straps, and so often they are living in cars, they are couch surfing or living really precariously housed, for example in (single room occupancy hotels),” she explained.
Organizations like Whole Way House are doing what they can to try and get ahead of the problem.
Konkin said the organization is a part of a pilot project with BC Housing and four other buildings that’s working to find more supportive and suitable long-term housing for seniors at risk of homelessness. “We want to get on the prevention side,” she said. “We’re already in crisis mode that nobody is really talking about.”