How ‘A Better Tent City’ Is Testing A New Way To Address Homelessness In Kitchener

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Guest: Liam Casey, reporter for The Canadian Press

Trying to tackle homelessness is difficult, as there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But a problem for many people who live on the streets is that they do not like the housing system, which in many communities is considered the only real solution. During the pandemic, the sense of unrest was best manifested when many homeless people pitched tents in public parks across the province. In Kitchener, the citizens of that community launched a radically new idea called A Better Tent City. Using sheds and creating a common space, this homeless camp has been welcomed by community officials and is being accepted by those seeking help. It’s certainly not perfect, but it’s a new approach that already has other communities asking for a closer look.

Raju Mudhar is a co-host and producer on the Star podcast team. He is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @rajumudhar
An overview of the "A better tent city" community In Kitchener, Ontario, Thursday, October 14, 2021. The community offers small cabins installed as an alternative to the homeless shelter system in the area.

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