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Canada's seniors are becoming the new face of homelessness

Last Updated Apr 1, 2019 at 8:24 am PDT

A resident walks down a path at the homeless camp in Victoria, B.C., in an April 5, 2016, file photo. Maple Ridge is the latest B.C. community going to court in an attempt to shut down a homeless camp. Last year, a judge ordered about 100 people to leave a tent city set up on the lawn of the legislature in Victoria after officials deemed the conditions unsafe. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

They are living in limbo between the shelter system and hospitals all over Canada, especially in British Columbia. And all of them are getting older. Welcome to the corner where the housing crisis meets the opioid crisis, meets the mental health crisis, meets a rapidly aging population. The results on the ground are putting a desperate face on a host of problems with Canada’s approach to homelessness.

Today, investigative reporter Jesse Winter tells us about Melanie Keays, and his reporting on how women like Melanie struggle to find…everything. From a shelter accessible to their health needs to a permanent (or ever semi-permanent) bed anywhere and a simple address where they can tell their care program to send their methadone, the system isn’t equipped to deal with their needs. It’s not a pretty place, but it’s one we need to visit in order to understand why no one should ever have to live there.

GUEST: Jesse Winter, investigative reporter, The Star Vancouver

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