Main Street Project’s “Winnipeg Street Health Report 2011.”

United Way agency partner Main Street Project interviewed 300 people who experience homelessness in Winnipeg, and released a report today recommending quick action aimed at addressing the root causes of homelessness.

Photo from Main Street Project's Winnipeg Street Health Report.

Photo from Main Street Project’s Winnipeg Street Health Report.

Some facts from the report:

  • 1 in 5 homeless women have been sexually assaulted in the past year, most of them more than once
  • Only 3% of homeless people said mental health issues were the cause of their homelessness
  • Respondents were 5x more likely identify themselves as Aboriginal than the general Winnipeg population
  • 39% of people said they couldn’t get enough food a few days a week
  • 43% have a tough time getting their clothes washed, which impacts their employability
  • 78% smoke, and 48% do so by picking up butts off the ground
  • 14% drink daily, and 20% used crack regularly in the past year
  • 45% said they’ve spent at least one night in the hospital in the past year (& 22% left against medical advice)

Download the report.