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Homelessness is on the rise in Saskatoon, housing advocates and experts say

David Fineday is one of many people in cities who experience homelessness at least once in their lives.

“About five years ago I was homeless,” Fineday said.

He was among a large crowd attending Community Appreciation Day at Station 20 West in Saskatoon. He said more people are affected by homelessness than experts think.

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“There’s a lot of denial and a lot of people will say we have a home, we have a home,” Fineday said.

Fineday said people are often couch-surfing at family homes, while others are on the streets. He hopes the event will help people better understand the reality of homelessness in Saskatoon.

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“They don’t understand how to take care of us,” said Fineday. “We need help personally, mentally, for everything, addiction, and all kinds of other things, and I hope this helps open that door.”

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Fineday now has a place to call home, but experts say homelessness is on the rise in the city.

Over the past five years, homelessness has increased from 475 to 550. But Fineday thinks the number is probably closer to 1,500 or more, because people are too embarrassed to admit they have no place to live.

Brenna Sych, communications coordinator for the Saskatoon Housing Initiative Partnership, said:

Sych said homelessness is getting worse and something needs to be done about it. She said changes in available programs have resulted in more people being on the streets. She said intergenerational trauma and addiction were also factors.

“We need continuum care so that people can find homes and continue care from start to finish,” said Sych.

Sych said the homeless had no visible presence and many were single family emergencies before they became homeless.

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Homelessness is on the rise in Saskatoon, housing advocates and experts say

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