The survey was conducted over three days in Guelph and over a week in Wellington County at the end of April by the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination and is meant to provide a snapshot of the homelessness situation in the community.

The coordinator of the task force, Randalin Ellery, said one of the more startling trends is the connection between foster care and homelessness.

“A significant percentage of those experiencing homelessness do have a history , so 68 per cent, and that’s really high,” she said in a phone interview on Thursday.

Ellery added 41 per cent of those surveyed said they immediately went from foster care to being homeless and mentioned the age of people first experiencing homelessness is another concern.