A growing number of homeless in Nova Scotia are families. Women and children make up a fast-growing segment of those who become homeless. Many of them simply cannot afford to pay rent and buy food on the income they receive from their low-wage jobs or from public assistance.

When politicians are asked there will be platitudes, but little-to-no active commitment. The idea that the provision of shelter is a government responsibility, undertaken out of a community sense of charity is not widely accepted by legislators in Nova Scotia.

But when homeless people are found dead in abandoned buildings it’s time to take political action.