On any given night, tens of thousands of Canadians are forced to spend the night on the street.
Some are fleeing an abusive relationship and have no one to turn to for help. Some have lost their job and have been evicted. Some are youth who’ve aged out of care and never had a place to call home. Most feel they have nowhere else to go.
In cities across the country, governments and citizens are teaming up to make this kind of street homelessness disappear. Not by reaching out to offer support to those who desperately need it or by advocating for low-cost housing, but by banding together to drive vulnerable people out of their communities. Resident groups protest the opening of shelters and support services in their neighbourhoods. Governments bend to their demands. Police ticket and displace people who are sheltering on the street.
They want to make poverty – and people experiencing poverty – invisible.
Help end discrimination based on social condition
Your donation will fund legal interventions this year in communities that discriminate and use laws to force people out when they need to be helped.
By challenging the decisions of governments that have the power to assist the most vulnerable among us, you can ensure that everyone is welcome in our communities and that solutions to address poverty are implemented.
Everyone belongs. Yes my Canada.
Please donate by July 1 to protect Canadians experiencing poverty from discrimination and support solutions to poverty.
In the News
In cities across Canada, people living on the streets face discrimination, displacement, and violence every single day:
• Maple Ridge News - Maple Ridge residents rally against supportive housing at Quality Inn
• Global News - Maple Ridge Quality Inn hotel will not become a homeless shelter
• CHEK News - Nanaimo homeless camp dismantled with heavy machinery
• CBC Early Edition - Police slashed homeless tents, say advocates in Abbotsford, B.C.
• Huffington Post - Police Pepper-Sprayed Abbotsford Camp, Says Homeless Woman
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