The concept that many of Vernon’s homeless are transient is being contested.

A homeless census was conducted Oct. 18 and 19 and it indicates that 76 per cent of the 67 surveyed grew up in Vernon or the North Okanagan or have family here.

“Overwhelmingly, they have connections here,”Annette Sharkey, with the Social Planning Council, told city council Monday.

Forty-four per cent have lived in the area for more than 10 years and even among the 18 per cent who have been here for less than one year, half of them have family connections or grew up in Vernon and area.