The Beginning of the End of Homelessness
Roy Romanow and I just published this piece making the case that ending homelessness should be a top priority in the government’s promised National Housing Strategy. Shortly after we put our thoughts on paper, two more homeless people died. Tens of thousands of Canadians every day face the perils, loneliness and exclusion that come with homelessness.
The moral case for ending homelessness is self-evident. But there is also a strong economic case. The costs of ignoring poverty and homelessness to our health and penal systems are enormous and far outweigh what we will need to invest to end homelessness. The costs of excluding the homeless from opportunity and participation are incalculable. And over the last few years we have learned what works. We have the know how. What’s been missing is the political will.
It’s always those most in need who are asked to wait. We must not allow the relentless focus on the middle class to obscure that poverty and homelessness diminish us all.