Steen - Invisible People

Steen


I met Steen while walking through a park in Vancouver, British Columbia. Local Vancouver homeless friends call the area “The Bird Sanctuary” because of the growth of trees in an urban area. I would have […]

Steen

I met Steen while walking through a park in Vancouver, British Columbia. Local Vancouver homeless friends call the area “The Bird Sanctuary” because of the growth of trees in an urban area. I would have never found the place if it wasn’t for Vancouver homeless advocate, Judy Graves. I am honored and grateful Judy took the time to give me a tour of the city.

Steen is a colorful character. You can see years of street life in his face. Steen tells a very real story about life and death on the streets of Vancouver. He tells us a very detailed story of how he ended up on the streets this time.

Steen says he has been promised housing befotre he has to survive another winter, but bureaucracy keeps delaying the local housing project under construction.

Steen says his friends are in and out of the emergency rooms. He is concerned about two of his friends he believes are close to death. When I asked Steen how many of his friends died last year he responded “conservatively six. It could have been a couple more”.

This is a very powerful interview. The lack of affordable housing and people dying on the streets stand out. I hope Steen’s story of people dying mess you up as it has me. Especially when these deaths can be avoided with housing and supportive services. No one should die homeless – no one!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002642946549 Al Saveanavyvet

    I don’t wish to be #homeless. Please #donate $10. Paypal al@saveanavyvet.com. Homelessness is not becoming of an innovator. Please RETWEET.

  • Jlkund

    There is something wrong with our society when we don’t look after our most vulnerable people. We must have more supports in place for families as well as supports for children before they are school age. Required services must be available in all locations, rural and urban.  This is where we must start.
    There must be also be more supports available for those who fall through the cracks, like the young lady who has all the mental issues, ADHD, OCD, etc. This young lady needs help NOW, before she feels she has to prostitute herself to pay the rent and feed herself. We can start by changing our electoral system, Fair vote.com and then getting rid of Harper and his archaic idea of building more jails to deal with the problem of crime.

  • Justtcta

    A YONG GOOD MEN IS A PILOT AND AND IS HOMLES, MARILIN CROOK, MARIED LAS NAME SCOTT ROB HEM AND HES FAMILY, WHEN HES FATHER DEAD , he’s aunt  lokafter hem he put hem work and no school no enof education to servive in life the government and the midia, don’t do nothing even the queen don’t care, he’s aunt is a missionary and sthe aunt Marilyn rob he’s family and hem I hoppe you help hem he’s e mail is justtcta@yahoo.ca