How much money has been spent on policing that could have been spent on housing and other supports? How much did it cost to send the RCMP to forcibly remove poor, homeless people seeking shelter from a building that was not otherwise being used?

Criminalization, stigma, discrimination, disconnection and lack of compassion are what drive poverty and homelessness. We might think we have done nothing to contribute to “the homelessness problem,” but what if we take a deeper look at the implications of our approaches to homelessness?