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Homeless Facts

In the 2008 Homeless Count there were AT LEAST 3,062 people homeless in Metro Vancouver.

Since 2002,there has been a shocking 137% increase in overall homelessness and a 373% increase in the number of people sleeping outside. /.

HOME

I LOST MY JOB

… just as the doors  [of the sky train]  were about to shut,a disheveled man wearing glasses and a backpack stepped aboard.

Towering over us,he began to shout.

“Excuse me,ladies and gentlemen. I apologize for the inconvenience.”

Everyone looked up.

I lost my job a few months ago and have been living in a homeless shelter.”

Everyone looked down.

“They put a roof over my head,but I still have to find my own food. I haven’t had a bite to eat all day,and I haven’t had any luck on these trains. I’d really appreciate some loose change or extra snacks,any kind of help.”

When he finished his speech,the man pulled out a shiny little bag,the kind most people use for gifts. He walked through the car,rattling his receptacle in front of person after person — rows of slumped heads,a ritual of somber neglect. Many people pulled the trick of taking out their cellphones and pretending to do something important. I opted for starting a random conversation with my girlfriend — as if the desolation before us couldn’t be seen or heard,so it wasn’t our fault for not helping out. The well-dressed couple across from us had three bags of groceries from Trader Joe’s. The man shuffled by with a longing gaze,but no success.

When he finally reached the end of the car,he cried out,“See,I told you I was having bad luck.” He slumped into a seat,closed his eyes and buried his head in his hands….

WHOSE PROBLEM IS THIS?

Purposeful employment for the people recovering from mental illness is BROKEN!

RESULT – loss of faith in themselves

Let’s work together to ensure everyone has purposeful work!

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    Not so fast with your response. Read what David Brooks of the New York Times has to say –Click HERE.

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  • New homeless count numbers show street homelessness declining in Vancouver. Click HERE.
  • BC’s Real Social Housing Numbers. click HERE. 
  • How do you feel right now …when your FALLING APART? Elenor’s story. Click HERE
  • Youth Homelessness:Prevention and Recovery. MORE
  • TOWARD RECOVERY AND WELL-BEING. MORE

PUSH FOR CHANGE

  • Follow Joe on the TREK on Facebook –click HERE

    A child’s view of Push for Change –click HERE.

    Youth on Push for Change –click HERE

    Reflections on the TREK – click HERE

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Stories about homelessness …told in videos

We have to figure this out -  Click HERE.

Ending Homelessness in Vancouver –click HERE.

Homeless in Vancouver (Project) –click HERE.

Homeless in Vancouver,British Columbia –click HERE.

View YouTube videos on homelessness …click HERE.

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Homelessness around the world

A report to the United Nations in 2005 stated there were an estimated 100 million homeless people in the world,and an additional 1.6 billion living without adequate housing. Here are some images of homelessness across the globe,collected from wire images this year. – Lloyd Young (The Boston Globe, December 14,2011).

Click on the following countries to learn about the homeless people in the world.

More cities around the world. Click HERE.

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Dr. Nancy Hall Endowment Fund

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Dr. Nancy Hall brought new learning and research to the attention of local,provincial,and national health leaders and was a trusted advisor of many organizations. An endowment fund has been set up at Simon Fraser University in Honor of Dr. Nancy Hall. To read more about Dr. Nancy Hall’s contributions,click HERE.

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A young person’s view of ‘home’

by Margaret Ovenell.

Where Are Our Homes?

As the wind whistles,

As the rain pours,

As feet pound down the street,

As the cars fly by –

A young girl rushes home. [more ...]

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Homeless man on street

 

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