Indigenous people in Calgary (2010) make up less than 3% of Calgary’s population but make up 21% of the homeless population. 41% of all Indigenous homeless are women. 38% of all homeless youth are Indigenous.
Many Indigenous Calgarians live in homes that are in need of major repairs, and many homes do not have enough space for the many relatives that also live there. Rental rates are very high in Calgary. Application processes for assisted housing can present barriers to people with low literacy levels. Discrimination and waiting lists are other issues that perpetuate the problem.