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Ideas from the Homeless

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Stacey’s Story

Stacey

This is my life & story – by Stacey

This is my house, my floor is a tarp and blankets, my roof & walls are 2 large orange garbage bags that are taped together. Hopefully I won’t get kicked out of this spot for a while, I just got everything almost waterproofed. Last night I just found this spot because I got kicked out of my last spot as well as a bunch of others, but I got woken up at about 3:45 am to my roof collapsing along with about a gallon of rain water, what a way to wake up.

My House My House

Outside of my little home for the homeless.

My House

The last spot was a good one, we were all somewhat comfortable, out of sight of the public, and nobody was getting hurt or abused, but the police thought different and kicked everyone out, I don’t know why but all I know [is] there were a few more people wandering the streets with all their belongings in carts, now that is very embarrassing. My point is there should be more shelters that can accommodate couples, not just women, or just men. Some of us don’t have family here and most friends can’t let us stay or they might get kicked out too, or for whatever reasons. More outdoor facilities would be a great help with the homeless and the environment.

Environment

I know some homeless that beg for change and always get run-off by police.

Run-off by Police

This is where a lot of homeless people sleep at times because it’s dry when raining. If there were more areas for them [it] would be a great help because some prefer the lifestyles of being homeless.

Dry When Raining Dry When Raining

Panhandling and dumpster-diving seems to be the most homeless people do to survive on the streets.

Dumpsters

Victory Square is an excellent park, it has bathrooms and water fountains. Vancouver needs more of these kinds of parks.

Victory Square

The streets are bare except for the homeless, drug dealers, the odd city worker, police, and people wanting to buy drugs or whatever. This is my opinion alone.

Night Street

All this is stuff that police and city workers removed from the sites of people that were living in there.

Removed Belongings

This is the park that we all got kicked out [of] by police.

The Last Park

I see beds like this all over. The homeless walk the streets all night long and then they sleep in the daytime so they are warmer and don’t get robbed.

Beds All Over Beds All Over

More programs like Naomi are a great help to the community.

Naomi Program

[The] next several pictures are at my old site, there are great spots to set up “camp” sites out of the public eye. There were about 20 people kicked out of this area.

Camp Sites Camp Sites

Camp Sites Camp Sites

More safe injection sites should be available for the IV drug users so they are safe and more private away from the public eye. The Gig for Rig Boxes are [an] excellent idea, it keeps everyone a little more safe especially children, more users should use them more.

Stacey’s Suggestions:

1. More shelters that can accommodate couples, not just women, or just men.

2. More outdoor facilities would be a great help with the homeless and the environment.

3. More parks with bathrooms and water fountains.

4. More dry areas where a lot of homeless people can sleep when it’s raining.

5. More safe injection sites should be available for the IV drug users.

6. Programs like Naomi are a great help to the community. The Gig for Rig Boxes are [an] excellent idea, more users should use them more.

Observations:

1. Homeless people struggle to find good spots to “camp”. Stacey and the others would rather be left alone, than run-off or kicked out by the police.

2. Stop the police from removing the belongings from the sites of people that are living in parks.

3. The repeated words “out of the public eye” are an indication that homeless people feel unwanted and embarassed.

4. More options for income for the homeless than panhandling and dumpster-diving would be nice.

5. Nights spent walking the streets are cold and dangerous, more help during the night may be needed.

Source:
Stacey’s handwritten report

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