Have you ever given money to a homeless person one day only to wonder if you might see that same person getting into his car and driving away a few hours later? Wouldn’t this change your thoughts of giving again? This has happened to my daughter at one time and forced her to have negative thoughts about dropping that small amount of money into the next cup of someone on the street.
This situation is rare and here are some statistics I have found.
The Canadian Homeless Research Network (CHRN) reports:
- At least 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness in any given year.
- At least 150,000 Canadians a year use a homeless shelter at some point.
- At least 30,000 Canadians are homeless on any given night.
- At least 50,000 Canadians are part of the “hidden homeless” on any given night — staying with friends or relatives on a temporary basis as they have nowhere else to go
These statistics are staggering but something this society has to face.
In the small town in which I live I have never seen a homeless person sitting on a downtown sidewalk, begging for change from a passersby! We are fortunate to have a wonderful Help Centre which is an amazing organization ready to help anyone who is in need of assistance.
People can be pushed into homelessness for various reasons – extreme poverty, mental illness, addictions, family violence or abuse.
The good news is that there has been progress in several provinces in Canada at the provincial and municipal level to reduce the number of homeless Canadians. Low income housing has to be one solution as the number of homeless shelters is on the increase.
The bottom line; and my personal opinion is; when I see a homeless person lying or sitting on the sidewalk, I will definitely offer them a cup of coffee and a sandwich! Walking on past is not an option for me. How can we know if that might have been us if our lives had been affected by the same situations these poor souls were faced with?
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