Since 2011, Pivot Legal Society has been working alongside people who live in camps or rely on public space to meet their everyday needs.
Addressing stigma is a part of this work. Sometimes, it’s obvious, like the reddit comments above.
However, stigma also informs how elected politicians, city staff and non-profit agencies respond to folks who rely on public space.
The uncertainty of life in these types of housing can have detrimental effects. A 2019 study by the BC Centre on Substance Use found both inadequate housing policies and tenancy supports were causing harm and contributing to the vulnerability of people who use drugs and experience evictions.
Click here to read the full story in The Tyee news.