Victoria homeless death rate ‘troubling’

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Victoria has the highest number of deaths per capita among people experiencing homelessness, according to a recent report.

Thirty-three homeless deaths were reported to the coroners service between 2007 and 2013. There were 281 homeless deaths in B.C. in that period, including 70 on Vancouver Island. Vancouver had 64. “It’s distressing to see how high the number is in Victoria. A disproportionate number of people are dying on the Island and that’s troubling,” said Sean Condon, author of the report and executive director of Megaphone. The advocacy organization publishes a magazine and operates employment programs in Vancouver and Victoria.

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Source: Times Colonist