It's a decision making and administrative crisis.
There's more than enough money around to solve the problem and to keep it solved.
Here's a country that has the resources to remove every single homeless person in Canada , house them in reasonable modular homes, feed them and look after their health.
Like I said in a previous confessional rant, there's unbelievable amounts of money flowing into the coffers of all levels of Government and Crown Corporations, yet getting that money out into society in an efficient way is next to impossible. As it is, it's the individual City's problem and neither the Provinces or the Fed show any interest in developing a nationwide policy to fix things.
They shovel money out off the back of trucks to places like The Portland Hotel Society and their ilk ( most do a great job but it's like running water uphill) and there is absolutely no improvement.
Hastings Street downtown is a national disgrace and present attempts to clean it up are an abysmal failure.
You can't fix this thing with the approach we have been using for the last 20 years.
You need stronger laws that enable us to take people into care who can't look after themselves .
We used to have that when Riverview was fully operational but since it was wound down, the helpless and the homeless and the mentally ill have had no place to live but the street.
So now it's not only downtown but it's in Coquitlam on the riverbanks, in Surrey in the parks, in Maple Ridge, in Mission with tent cities.
Just doling out money without some sort of target and strategy to reduce the pain has not worked and never will work
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