Some Winnipeggers living in homeless camps just outside of the downtown core say they prefer the autonomy of the camp lifestyle to staying at a shelter.

Joseph Tulloch, who said he’s been living in a camp near Henry Avenue for almost a month, told 680 CJOB he and his wife don’t receive social assistance, so they panhandle to survive.

“We go for $40 a day, for our food and her cigarettes,” he said.

“It’s better than living at Salvation Army, really. We have no rules, we don’t have to be inside at curfew, we don’t have nosy people.”