Dwelling…having a home… a safe place. Housing is essential. Affordable and available housing is an “issue” from coast to coast to coast in Canada.
Shelter is a basic human need. Some say it is a human right.
Oh Canada! In this affluent country why is affordable housing so hard to find? Many women and children are in need. Many people couch surf, live in tents, cars, and vans and on the street. Many need shelter. The numbers are growing.
I currently work in the Downtown East Side (DTES) of Vancouver BC. This place is “ground zero” of the intersection of poverty, homelessness, mental illness, human trafficking, drug trade, gang warfare and drug addiction crisis in this city. The tent city on the downtown city streets is a sign. Terminal city…the place people come to die. This is Vancouver, Canada. World class city and slum. This is the “true north strong and free.” Is this the best we can do and be? NO!!!
What can I do you ask?
PRAY! For guidance, compassion, empathy, energy, and real solutions.
Phone, write letters and email your MPP – Ontario, MHA – NFLD, MNA -Quebec, MLA – all other provinces and territories, and Municipal councillors to register your concern about the housing crisis and to ask them what they are doing about it.
Learn about the housing issues in your neighbourhood. Volunteer to get involved. Become part of the solution. Donate your time, energy and resources to the various causes that are seeking solutions to this justice issue.
The work of WICC is grounded in prayer and action to support women and children who are affected by injustice.
Join us to do this work together.
Rev. Jennifer Goddard-Sheppard
WICC Board member