True or False? Homelessness has been on the rise during the economic downturn

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This year, through a series of true and false questions, The Salvation Army is releasing data to illustrate the public’s perception on homelessness and poverty. By releasing this data, our goal is to illustrate the realities, and lay to rest some commonly-held misconceptions, about homelessness and poverty. Ultimately, we hope this information will help the public understand why extreme homelessness and poverty persist.

The answer to the question can be found below.

Homelessness and poverty are two of the most critical social issues impacting millions of Canadians today. For many, severe homelessness and poverty can become a vicious cycle that devastates lives. The Salvation Army believes that poverty shouldn’t be a life sentence.

Read the full Poverty Shouldn’t be a Life Sentence Report below or download a copy.

The answer is True: In 2009, The Salvation Army saw demand increase by more than a quarter for general social services; the economic downturn has exacerbated long-existing problems like homelessness and poverty.

 

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