Some poverty in Guelph can’t be ignored, whether it is the woman who lives in a tent on the side of the road with tarps covering her bicycle and trailer of belongings, or the people gathered in front of 40 Baker St. smoking cigarettes, huddled together on a bitterly cold day.

A young woman asks for change at the grocery store and an older woman asks for rides and money and has a specific story when she approaches people. Most people pretend they don’t see them.

An older man who walks through downtown picking up cans and litter used to talk to people, but now usually stares through them.

These are not the only people living in poverty. The majority of people who struggle aren’t visible, so it’s hard to calculate how many people in Guelph live with less. Many individuals and families live in government housing or pay market rent and can’t afford the necessities of life.