A new report says there has been a shocking increase in the number of homeless who who have died in the province.
Executive Director of Megaphone Sean Condon says 46 homeless people died in 2014, a 70-percent increase from the year previous.
Condon says in order to fight NIMBY-sim people need to hear the stories of those who died.
“There’s a lot of fear about homelessness. I think there’s a lot of prejudice that’s still out there about people who are homeless. I think we need to slowly chip away with stories about these individuals. Anita Hauck was a leader in the community, a sweet generous woman who spent her whole life trying to help other people – and died by that very way, trying to get a blanket and jacket for another homeless person.”
45-year-old Anita Hauck died last fall after getting stuck in a clothing donation bin at a shopping centre in Pitt Meadows.
“there are circumstances…they find themselves with no place to go.”
The report comes out the same day the provincial government decided not to continue with an idea to convert a Quality Inn in Maple Ridge into a homeless shelter.
Loretta Sundstrom, whose daughter lived on the street battling addictions, says that kind of opposition to shelters needs to stop.
“She was at every council meeting. She went to the mayor’s office every single day to fight for the rights of the homeless people to have someplace to go. Not everyone is one drugs, there are circumstances…they find themselves with no place to go.”
"At least 46 homeless people died in BC in 2014 - a 70% increase from the year before" pic.twitter.com/hXJGkHPVQG— shane woodford (@WoodfordCKNW980) March 29, 2016