August 3, 2018
This summer in Hamilton homelessness has been very visible with more people living rough, as rising rent and crowded shelters push some of the city’s most vulnerable to sleep on street corners and under tarps tied between trees.
The campers are technically squatting in Matthew Green’s territory. The Ward 3 councillor said the woods along the trail have a long history of hosting the homeless, but in years past they’ve tended to live deeper in the bush, away from joggers and cyclists.
In recent months, some have erected tents right along the path. That’s been a problem.
“I have heard loudly from the community” about their concerns, he said, adding reports range from dogs running around off leash to “confrontations” with the people who are camped out.