Picture a person who is experiencing homelessness. Who do you see?
Is it a single man living on the streets? The woman forced to stay with her abuser because the streets are too dangerous, and she has nowhere else to go?
Or is it the 16-year old boy couch-surfing with friends, because his family can’t accept that he is gay? What about the parents and two children living in an emergency shelter?
The reality is that all these people—men and women, youth, and families—are experiencing homelessness in Calgary. Their experiences differ, but all of them lack permanent housing and the means and the ability to get it.
Knowing that homelessness affects all kinds of people is important, because it ensures that we don’t leave anyone behind in the unified against homelessness in Calgary.