Vancouver’s city council has voted in favour of declaring a homelessness emergency in the city.

The decision was made Wednesday, after two hours of debate and discussion involving members of the public. The motion was initially brought forward by Coun. Jean Swanson and Coun. Pete Fry and passed unanimously after some amendments.

According to Swanson and Fry’s motion, at least 2,223 people were counted as homeless across Vancouver in 2019 and 7,655 across the province.