If tonight is an average one, some 200,000 Canadians will be without a place of their own to sleep. That number hasn’t changed much in 20 years. With too few beds, short-term shelters overflow into parks and alleys. With no fixed address, those without a home too easily drift toward the margins of society, facing mounting barriers to putting their lives back on a firm footing. But it needn’t be this way.
In This Series
The Tyee and Megaphone Magazine join forces on a six-month project, launching today.
Activists say BC should follow Portland, Seattle in allowing shelter under polycotton.
A commitment to neighbourliness eases resistance to new supportive housing. Part of a series.
Calgary and other cities are ‘wrapping’ their citizens in help, starting with shelter. It works.
For some, much-maligned ‘single-room occupancy’ means independent shelter within their budget. And it’s vanishing.
Early diagnosis, access to multiple supports keep people off the street.
Cities that have tried it in the United States have made headway.
A plan and a commitment can go a long way to lessen the crisis on the streets. Last in a series.