Hundreds of thousands of Canadians — an estimated 235,000 — find themselves experiencing homelessness each year. These Canadians are some of the most vulnerable, without any real way to practice social distancing, to avoid getting COVID-19, adding to the many reasons homelessness is a national emergency.
Not only is the pandemic placing a spotlight on homelessness in Canada — it could end up exacerbating it, too. Michèle Biss, a human rights lawyer and project manager with the National Right to Housing Network, says the economic pressure brought on by the coronavirus will lead to increased housing insecurity. “I am hearing from individuals across the country. There is so much fear around what’s going to happen as eviction bans are lifted for those people who haven’t been able to
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