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Poll result: Richmond homelessness is getting worse

The vast majority of Richmond News readers who answered the poll believe the situation on the street is grave
Hugh Freiberg surveys the remnants of a homeless camp under the Oak Street Bridge

Over the last two weeks, the Richmond News has shone the light on the city's street-entrenched homeless. In the first part, an after-hours outreach worker warned the situation was about to "blow up," while the second instalment spoke of faith volunteers being "stretched to the limit" making meals for the homeless.

A report published by the Union Gospel Mission backs up the experiences of the outreach workers and the volunteers and has called for urgent help from the authorities.

Richmond News polled 510 Richmond News readers and asked the question: Is Richmond's homeless situation getting worse?

The poll ran from 12/5/2022 to 12/8/2022. Of the 510 votes, we can determine that 172 are from within the community. The full results are as follows:

Yes 67.44 % local, 72.55 % total    
No 5.23 % local, 7.25 % total    
Not sure 27.33 % local, 20.20 % total    
  Local   Total

Results are based on an online study of adult Richmond News readers that are located in Richmond. The margin of error - which measures sample variability - is +/- 4.33%, 19 times out of 20.

Richmond News uses a variety of techniques to capture data, detect and prevent fraudulent votes, detect and prevent robots, and filter out non-local and duplicate votes.