The extreme cold of recent weeks underscores the issue of homelessness in Hamilton, an important topic in the campaign for the October municipal election. A new homelessness strategy says the the city needs an extra $43 million a year from the province to help residents seeking affordable housing and/or filling emergency shelters.
The city is temporarily offsetting a provincial funding shortfall for shelters and related social services, but hard budget decisions loom. Hamilton is also on track to complete the last of 11 resident-driven action plans for impoverished neighbourhoods this year.
Watch: Provincial downloading to be a theme for candidates.
Photo, top: Salvation Army Hamilton outreach workers use use their soup truck to check on the homeless people. The van parked at Strachan & MacNab in early January allowed clients inside because of the extreme cold. Photo: Gary Yokoyama, The Hamilton Spectator .
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- One in a series of periodic issues briefings posted by SpecVotes for the 2014 municipal election campaign. See others here.