Three dead at makeshift Edmonton shelters in early November

Three dead at makeshift Edmonton shelters in early November

Three individuals experiencing homelessness in Edmonton died at separate encampments in the city in the first two weeks of November, say police and fire officials.

A homeless encampment in Edmonton.

A homeless encampment taken on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 in Edmonton.

Outreach workers wonder if the number could be higher due to no official tracking on how and why the province’s unsheltered die.The deaths are terrible and heartbreaking, said Jim Gurnett, of the Edmonton Coalition on Housing and Homelessness.

“It’s beyond tragic because it’s so preventable,” he said.

On Nov. 3, the first victim was found after a tent fire near 106 Avenue and 95 Street, said city police and Edmonton Fire Rescue Services (EFRS).

On Nov. 8, Alberta Health Services responded to the death of a person in a tent.

On Nov. 9, Edmonton police discovered a sudden death at an encampment near 106 Avenue and 95 Street. Shelters in the city reached 98 per cent capacity when temperatures dropped to -26 C overnight.

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