Vancouver - City of glass

Cityscape of Vancouver

Cityscape of Vancouver

The town of glass has taken a solid step backwards in its efforts to eradicate street homelessness, with double the people sleeping on heating grates, in alleys and in store doorways.

In a report city staff said the actual number of street homeless has gone from 154 in 2011 to 306 this year.

And the situation will get much worse by 2014, with a historic number of homeless being on the street unless the city, provincial and federal governments change the way they provide shelter and agree to continue funding projects.

This year's count showed three-quarters are men and that aboriginal people disproportionately make up one-third of all homeless.

Downtown

Downtown

Coming as a tourist to this area I read a lot of articles and some traveling books ahead. Homelessness hasn’t been an issue in this readings and I was earnestly astonished to see such a lot of homeless throughout the city.

Vancouver seems to be one of Canada’s most expensive cities, and I was wondering about the lack of affordable housing, which is one of the reasons the rate of homelessness continues to grow. Even families and individuals who hold a job can find themselves homeless, without a place they can afford to live.

Many people have no choice but to sleep outdoors each night, in a cold alcove or beneath an underpass. Others may couch surf, live in their cars, or stay in crowded, temporary shelters.

The face of homelessness in Vancouver is varied. Women with children – Youth - Adults. There is no ‘type’ for homelessness. And as I didn’t want to make a documentary I decide to go more architectural afterwards.