Homelessness is a prevalent issue in Canada. During an outing with friends this past weekend in Metro Vancouver, I was disturbed by the sheer number of homeless individuals sprawled out on the streets, relying on the generosity of strangers to survive. The evening went by and I thought nothing of it, giving only to one individual who I thought desperately needed it.

By nature of homelessness, the lack of a secure permanent residence and employment makes it difficult for those in the homeless community to escape the cycle of poverty. Their position provokes discrimination.