Living Rough: Washrooms
"Finally, and this is a tough one, should the region provide portable toilets, washing as well as garbage removal facilities at encampments such as the one beside Kitchener’s train station while trying to find alternative housing for the residents?"
-Source: Heed the voices from those living in Waterloo Region's encampments
"Can you imagine how it would feel to find yourself with nowhere to live? It's a years-long wait for affordable housing, and there are very few options for shelter while waiting. Despair." - Source: Homeless people deserve basic dignity and sanitation
“When there is not enough shelter spaces for all in need, not enough housing for people to transition into, no place for these people to lay their heads aside from on the street in their own makeshift homes, who are we, the privileged, the housed, to further degrade them?” - Source: No releif in sight on washroom issue at Victoria encampment
Region of Waterloo Council Meeting April 27, 2022
"Encampment conditions typically fall far below international human rights standards on a variety of fronts, often lacking even the most basic services like toilets." - A National Protocol for Homeless Encampments in Canada
"A place to conduct normal bodily functions in private would provide the barest sliver of human dignity for these folks, and it would be a compassionate act."
-Source: Residents of tent cities need toilets
"Barry struggles with the stereotyping and the “disheartening” fact that many people don’t care about those experiencing homelessness. He wants to be housed.
“No one that cares enough can do anything and nobody that can do anything cares enough,” he said."
-Source: The Record News
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