Vancouver East NDP MP Jenny Kwan wrote the following open letter this week to the federal minister responsible for social development.

The situation for the over 2,200 people who do not have a home in Vancouver is severe. Many people have no access to daytime shelter, and hundreds of people have no overnight shelter option and are forced to sleep on the street. The situation becomes even more alarming when you consider that many of these individuals face serious health conditions, a mental illness or must manage a chronic disease, and are trying to survive with no income, or on a fixed income that does not meet basic daily needs like food and medicine.