2014 Progress Report on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa

By the Numbers: Homelessness

Since 2005, the Alliance to End Homelessness has measured annual change in four areas: the number of persons using emergency shelters, the average length of shelter stay, housing affordability and the number of new affordable housing options created.

This year, information on emergency shelter use is enhanced with the addition of specific data on the numbers of youth (16-25), older adults (50+) and individuals who are chronically or episodically homeless.






No single youth staying within the youth designated shelters were chronically or episodically homeless as reported within the Homeless Individuals and Families Information System. 

Chronically homeless refers to individuals who are currently homeless and have been homeless for six months or more in the calendar year (i.e., have spent more than 180 cumulative nights in a shelter). 

Episodically homeless refers to individuals who have experienced three or more episodes of homelessness in the calendar year (of note, episodes are defined as periods when a person would be in a shelter, and after at least 30 days, would be back in the shelter).