Frontline workers, Becca and Meghan start their morning shift at Unity Project with a hope for good outcomes.
Despite their collective 27 years as frontline support workers, they never can tell what the day will bring – an overdose, serious conflict or the sad and debilitating news of yet another death in our community – but they are always prepared to respond with whatever it takes.
Homelessness is a crisis that someone can face for many different reasons, but it’s not who a person is. It doesn’t define them. Too many people are forced onto the streets simply because they have nowhere else to go. Often, stigma associated with living rough is a significant barrier to community support.
Ultimately the solution to this crisis is increasing minimum wage and social assistance rates and ultimately implementing a basic income, along with creating truly affordable, quality housing. Affordability can be achieved whether through de-commodification of housing, rent controls, or new public housing builds.
Becca and Meghan do their best to navigate these barriers with participants they serve, with the goal of achieving secure housing and lasting stability.