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Our Homeless Crisis: Vancouver allows homeless camping, with ugly unintended results

 

"As negative as this is, it's forcing everybody to pay attention," said Adam Kravitz, who lived on the streets of Vancouver for six years and now runs the outreach group Outsiders Inn. "We can't hide it anymore. We have to look at it and look for permanent changes in the approach."

http://www.oregonlive.com/homeless/2015/11/vancouver_tries_legal_camping.html

By Anna Griffin | The Oregonian/OregonLive
on November 07, 2015 at 5:00 AM, updated November 07, 2015 at 1:47 PM

A surprising thing happened when Vancouver leaders decided earlier this fall to lift the citywide ban on public camping:

Chaos ensued.

In just a few weeks, a residential neighborhood a 10-minute walk from the heart of downtown became host to a homeless camp that grew to 150 people. Tents lined parking strips, and sleeping bags, shopping carts, mattresses, coolers, garbage, luggage and bike frames collected on street corners. Armed volunteers showed up to keep the peace.

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