_News Talk 770
The growth in homelessness in Calgary is starting to slow down. It's good news to some, but some other trends are starting to become more clear. On any given day, it's believed more than 3000 Calgarians don't have a roof over their heads. Calgary Homeless Foundation President and CEO John Rook says four-per cent of those people are under the age of five. He says "To think about those babies and children who are starting their life in a homeless shelter, inadequate housing is pretty troubling to us." The other troubling statistic is that two per cent of the population is Aboriginal, yet they represent 21 per cent of the homeless population. It's all part of a "point-in-time" homeless count done over the summer. Rook says the hope is to use the information gathered to direct funding and focus to more appropriate programs.