posted October 1st, 2021 at 11:05 AM
I have been homeless for the past 2 months. I have a fulltime job but I don't have enough to pay first and lasts plus a security deposit. Its a viscous cycle. Two days after I became homeless my gf dumped me. Its become a daily struggle just to wash my clothing, shower, etc. I now understand why homeless people use shopping carts. Otherwise you are lugging around all of your possessions all day long. My only solace is that the homeless community is very loving. I have never met so many genuine down to earth people. These people will share the little food they have or clothing with you. If Vancouver was full of people with this type of compassion and love it would be an amazing place to live. Instead I have Vancouver guys bragging to a homeless guy about how much money they are making and what a great real estate investor they are. I had one guy tell me he spend $3000 on his shoes but couldn't spare any food for the food shelter. The worst part is how Vancouver guys feel that they can just tee off on you anytime they want. Your sleeping on the street and they will kick you to wake you up while their girlfriend laughs in delight. This has happened on multiple occasions. The next time you see a homeless person realize they are a person and deserve basic human dignity.
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Our society need uplift into more coherence and compassion
Oct 1, 2021 at 1:55pm
Unfortunately $$ has been the colonial g-d for too long. And to those pointing fingers in the heartless blame-game consider this: It cost our society much more in dollars and cents and in common sense to marginalize the sufferers. When people have their basic needs of life covered, there is a significantly lower societal cost in policing, prisons, mental care, hospital care and general community angst. The Scandinavian countries provide a guaranteed income and housing for all, and they also provide transformative justice and prison care with a significantly lower recidivism rate. They have almost zero homelessness. Yes they have a higher tax rate, but they also have a higher standard of living for all.
Oct 1, 2021 at 4:26pm
Cherry-picking all the positives. Did it ever occur to you they just boot the poor out with high taxes? They have bigger problems than you think. But I’ll let you figure it out.
Oct 1, 2021 at 5:35pm
Thanks for sharing your personal story.
I can’t even imagine kicking awake a homeless person. Any man or woman who does this is a pure coward. There are some homeless guys in my area that sleep in the buildings covered areas. They’re usually gone by sunrise prob to avoid such harassment and abuse. Keep up your full time job. And while I don’t know where you live, maybe there is a community centre or gym nearby where you could pay a monthly fee to shower. If you are around West 71st in Marpole, there is a yellow free food pantry cupboard where myself and others leave food and toiletries for anyone who needs them. Take care of yourself and hugs.
Oct 1, 2021 at 5:58pm
Oh no, I'm sorry, and I'm sorry Vancouver does stupid and shallow so well.
Oct 1, 2021 at 7:15pm
Thank you for writing this. I have seen people being treated like this as I walk down the street. I will keep you all in my prayers.
@They have bigger problems than you think
Oct 1, 2021 at 7:16pm
The biggest difference between the colonialist mindset and the Indigenous way is that settlers mentality is: "I am born with rights" and the Indigenous heartality is: "I am born with responsibilities to serve past, present and future generations and our home Mother Earth."
Oct 1, 2021 at 8:35pm
I'm sorry to hear that things have turned out that way for you, but it sounds like you are making the most of it. I honestly felt so sad to read about someone kicking you while you are asleep, that's brutal! This city is filled with horrible people... But not to worry my friend, some day that will come back to them.
Take care of yourself out there. I wish you well, and hope you will find your way!
Oct 1, 2021 at 9:27pm
It’s so scary to realize that someone can have a full time job and still be homeless. This city has completely lost its soul and the arrogance of those who look down on homeless people makes me sick. I wish I could really believe in karma, but from what I’ve seen in my long lifetime, lots of terrible people manage to get through their entire life without ever having truly suffered in any way. Unless housing is considered a basic right, the situation is only going to continue, and Vancouver is already well on its way to having the types of slums seen in many other countries where the poor just get poorer while the wealthy few at the top own everything and rich tourists come to play while citizens are living in tents and shacks. I’m born here and I can’t believe what’s happened in such a short time.
Oct 1, 2021 at 10:18pm
Bur are YOU willing to pay 45-50% income tax, plus 25% sales tax on most everything but food?
On top of that, the Scandinavian countries have the highest debt to GDP of all Western countries.
All this can be looked up.
Oct 1, 2021 at 10:45pm
You make such a great reminder to everyone; minus a few pay cheques and many, many Vancouverites would find themselves teetering on the edge of where you are now. Even a few points higher on interest or mortgage rates and....big fat reality check time for that guy who'll realize that even at $3000, you can't eat shoes.
I wish there was something I could suggest, or some miraculous idea to offer that might help but I don't have one for you. You sound smart and kind and genuine. That is what will get you through to the other side of where you're at in this moment. Best wishes to you.
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