Coronavirus Social Distancing Society And Culture Homelessness And Housing

Coronavirus Social Distancing Society And Culture Homelessness And Housing

Homeless Canadians Face Increasing Danger Because Of COVID-19 Lockdowns

Social distancing is a hard ask for those in the shelter system.

2020-04-01 8:35:00 AM

“From a mental health standpoint, people are drained. They were already living in a crisis state. The triggers they’re experiencing in shelters are heightened.'

Social distancing is a hard ask for those in the shelter system.

F.J. Jimenez via Getty ImagesLy turned to stairwells and bathrooms when he needed a safe place after he was kicked out of his family's home. In spite of the hardships, substance-use struggles, and family trauma he’s healing from, Ly considers himself lucky. In a treatment centre, he can practice social distancing as he progresses in his recovery. Locals he knows who also have no fixed addresses are having an even harder time navigating their already precarious worlds during this pandemic.

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His friends have no restaurants nor public libraries to keep warm in. The closure of public spaces and confusion about where they can be has left many homeless and street-involved Canadians in vulnerable positions, with the frontline workers that advocate for them stretched perilously thin.

Homeless take care of their health needs in public spacesJenna Davies, 33, is a Toronto-based social worker said the city’s vulnerable use public spaces in different ways in order to take care of themselves. For her clients who were institutionalized before the pandemic, she’s needed to emphasize they can no longer access spaces that would typically offer sanctuary.

“I have to hammer home that the places they go to, the McDonald’s and the libraries, the places they sleep for a bit aren’t open,” she told HuffPost Canada, adding that the closure of shopping malls has been a huge hit.“They’re telling everybody to go inside to their homes. The

is closed,” one client told her. “What happens if you don’t have a home?”Thelack of public toilets in Canadameans many rely on restaurant restrooms to stay on top of their hygiene. Without access to running water, regular hand-washing is either impossible or takes place with inadequate resources; a reporter from Victoria, B.C. noticed a tent city had hand-washing stations set up with buckets.

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