He has a place to live. But after nearly 30 years of chronic homelessness, Stegemeier knows his problems are far from over. He’s among the hundreds of Edmontonians living in poverty and in chronic need of affordable housing.

“I’m housed, but that’s only part of the problem. I’m staring at the four walls going crazy because I don’t have work, so I’m not paying for any of this. The taxpayer is. So where’s my self-respect? Where’s my esteem? How does that help me keep in the place when I don’t give a damn anymore?”