PoCo’s Homeless

Where do the homeless come from?A total of 168 individuals were identified as homeless during a recent study, conducted October 2006 to March 2007. [It is recognized that current 2009 numbers have increased to more than 200 homeless individuals.] They range in age from 18 to 60, with an average age of 40, and 68% were male.

Some 88% have some form of substance dependency, 37% have a mental illness, 36% have dual diagnoses, and 12% came from abusive family situations or are former children-in-care.

Of the 168 individuals identified as homeless, 49 stated they were from the Tri-Cities, and of that 40, 19 individuals were from Port Coquitlam. Port Coquitlam provides an ideal location for homeless people because of its easy access to downtown and the river, and because of the availability of services. It is clear the Port Coquitlam attracts homeless individuals from throughout the Tri-Cities and beyond.

Once here in the Tri-Cities, the majority gravitate to Port Coquitlam. Of the 168 people described, 104 individuals were currently living in Port Coquitlam, compared to 50 people in Coquitlam and only 14 people in Port Moody.

PoCo is an ideal location for the homeless.