“Living in the rough” as it’s called, has been the harsh reality for hundreds of people living in tents and informal settlements scattered across the city. What was once hidden, out of sight and out of mind has been brought to light through this COVID pandemic and is causing a lot of deep emotions from previously unattuned residents in Hamilton. For some, when faced with the growing poverty in plain sight, there is a sense of displaced anger at those experiencing poverty and not at the actual injustice of the deep suffering caused by poverty itself.

Perhaps it’s simply just deep seated guilt? For most of us lucky enough to have housing, we are granted the basic dignity of a warm bed and safe place to sleep. But far too many people in our city — and their numbers are growing — will not have same basic dignity of safe and stable housing granted to them at all this winter.