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Vancouver aims to open supportive homeless camps by end of the year

A person sleeps outside a tent at one of the most populated homeless camps near downtown Vancouver. The city is preparing to establish its own supported campsites this year.
A person sleeps outside a tent at one of the most populated homeless camps near downtown Vancouver. The city is preparing to establish its own supported campsites this year.

The city of Vancouver is moving forward with its plan to create a series of sanctioned camps for people experiencing homelessness. The camps would be supported, meaning that they would include sanitation and possibly other facilities like showers, kitchens and common spaces. They would also include someone to help connect campers to other social services. Jamie Spinelli, the city’s homeless response coordinator, joins us.

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