Homeless choose the streets over shelters

Homeless choose the streets over shelters, Vladimir Volenyuk

Volunteers are really making a difference in helping those who are in need. We are talking homeless people, poor, sick, disabled, children without parents…, the list is endless, so each volunteer, each day and each hour they give and provide the service, really helps those people and the cities to stay cleaner and a better place to live in.

Some Winnipeggers living in homeless camps just outside of the downtown core say they prefer the autonomy of the camp lifestyle to staying at a shelter.

Earlier this year, a city request-for-proposal aimed at finding contractors to tear down homeless camps caused backlash and protests. The proposal was called dehumanizing.

Since then, non-profit social services agency the Main Street Project has stepped in to provide outreach, health services, and harm reduction to the people living in the camps.

Some city councillors weighed in on the camps on Wednesday. While many residents have voiced concern over the city letting the camps stay up this summer, Coun. Sherri Rollins (Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry) told Global News that positive work has been done.

People who see a camp or shelters pop up can contact 311, which will then send the calls to Main Street Project for the organization to check on the individuals and see if they need any food, water, or other resources.

Everyone has the opportunity to help your local community and the city. Winnipeggers can volunteer and help with resources like food, water, and closing for the homeless to make Winnipeg a cleaner and safer city for your children to grow and live in.

The West Central Women's Resource Centre
Homeless Winnipeg
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