There’s nothing like telling people to socially distance themselves from one another to stay safe in a pandemic to drive home the plight of those who are homeless.

Tens of thousands of Canadians don’t have a room of their own, let alone a home. They’re at the mercy of overcrowded shelter systems that warehouse people at night and send them back on the streets every morning, clutching their belongings.

For years governments have known that emergency shelters were, in fact, providing permanent housing for far too many people. There’s been a great deal of talk about how terrible this situation is and how people need to be moved out of the shelter system and into affordable or supportive housing.