Homelessness in Canada

Shack is home

 

SKATEBOARD SHACK KEEPS HOMELESS MAN SHELTERED AND WITHIN THE LAW | CBC NEWS
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Your Bibliography: "Skateboard Shack Keeps Homeless Man Sheltered And Within The Law | CBC News." CBC, 2018, http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/home-on-wheels-how-one-vancouver-man-is-trying-to-survive-homelessness-1.4477637.

 

Homelessness in Canada is a serious issue the country faces from Toronto all wide to Vancouver. During winter, these people are faced with tougher challenges looking for a place to stay and trying to find ends meet. Most people wait for the government and they have every right too but not this man names John Fredericks, a Vancouver native did. Fred built his home which he called the "Skate shack", and he tells CBC that as long as it has wheels, it will move. Fred also stated that he had been homeless for four years and has currently lived in his home on wheels for a month and has also once lived in a tree house he built himself. Complaining of lack of work and high Vancouver home pricing, he initiated the skills he had for himself and he claims this is because it is "a matter of survival". He went further to state that homeless shelters aren't any good and desperately need improvement. I see this article as a wake-up call for the government all around Canada and not just in Vancouver to take homeless people into more initiative. Examples include Toronto opening a tower for homeless people to spend nights in a temperature controlled environment for the winter season and as well as an example from our neighbours in New York City, United States whom have indicted a "code blue" which states that when the temperature drops below 0 C between 4 p.m. and 8 a.m., no homeless person looking for shelter will be turned away.

 

Lessons from Mistakes: How the rest of Canada can learn from Calgary

 

MARKUSOFF, J.
Why Calgary's 10-year bid to end homelessness was a valuable failure - Macleans.ca
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Was A Valuable Failure - Macleans.Ca." Macleans.Ca, 2018, http://www.macleans.ca/news/why-calgarys-10-year-bid-to-end-homelessness-was-a-valuable-failure/.

By Jan. 29, 2018, Calgary was supposed to have effectively eliminated homelessness—that is, so that hard-luck individuals need shelters like the Drop-in for a few days before agencies find them affordable housing; emergency shelters were to be for brief emergencies. Drop-In managers are pleased to report they now accommodate 900 nightly, after several years filled to capacity at 1,100. But that falls well shy of the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness that galvanized Calgary in 2008, complete with a large digital clock that ticked down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to homelessness’s End Day. Advocates who say ending homelessness is possible to point out that the problem never existed on its current scale in North America before the 1980s. Calgary’s plan could have worked, but “we didn’t have everyone in the boat pulling on all the oars at all the same time,” says Kevin McNichol, vice-president of strategy for Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF), which anchored the mission. Nor did anyone have clear data to understand Calgary’s homeless population, let alone how to reduce it. Many local leaders are hopeful about the federal housing strategy, with its goal to cut chronic homelessness in Canada in half within a decade—plus all the funding it promises, alongside talk of a basic income program.

 

 

By Adegbola Orobiyi-Rhodes