It’s Homelessness Awareness Week in Vancouver, British Columbia this week. And they’re doing a great job of promoting it on the web, in print, and on the street.
In fact, as I was walking into my Gastown office this morning their were numerous homelessness awareness promoters on the street and in the back alley behind the building. They were a little rough around the edges, but they were definitely committed to their cause – I was aware, as I am daily, that there are too many people without homes in Vancouver.
Through Homelessness Awareness Week people living in the Greater Vancouver area are invited to learn more about what is causing homelessness; how homelessness affects the health of individuals and society at large; and why working together is the only way we will solve the crisis of homelessness in our community.
There are a number of events throughout the Lower Mainland this week supporting Homelessness Awareness.
The GVRD website also has some info about homelessness in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.
I don’t know an awful lot about the causes of homelessness, but I’m guessing it has to do with a lack of care options for the mentally ill, exorbitant housing prices, rampant drug addiction, and our mild climate.
How can we make things better?
What should we, as a city/province/country, do to make things better?
I think building awareness is a good start. Read some articles, become aware.
It certainly sounds like the Mayor is becoming aware (from News 1130AM):
Visitors to our city have labelled Vancouver’s homeless as the greatest danger to watch out for on virtualtourist.com, a website seen by travellers around the world. Mayor Sam Sullivan says Vancouver’s profile on the site raises some concerns. “It gives a very strong message to council, that if that’s the kind of message that’s getting out around the world, we absolutely must act on this.” Sullivan has introduced a few solutions in council with this being Homelessness Awareness Week.
What do you think?