Was anybody really shocked last week when it came to light that dozens of people are living in homeless camps scattered around the city?

Hikers stumbled across a big one in the York jail lands forest earlier this month and assumed it was abandoned. Who, after all, could live like that?

Local homelessness advocate Ed Pickersgill knows otherwise.

“It’s an ongoing problem that doesn’t have an obvious solution,” he told the Mercury Tribune last week.

But Ed knows the solution wouldn’t be so elusive if governments had the courage to adopt programs like Finland’s housing first model, a program credited with helping it become the only European nation to experience a significant drop in homelessness in the few years since it was implemented.