(695) Suburban homelessness

“Gunner died in a bleak, windswept area near the railway tracks, far from the bright lights and tall buildings of downtown.”


In suburban-poverty.com’s home city, Mississauga, there’s a legendary moment that gets brought up now and then in volunteer and social services circles.  It has to do with the time the city’s mayor was brought, while maybe halfway through her four-decade-long career, to see physical evidence of full-on homelessness.  She was utterly floored by the idea her huge, growth-crazed suburban realm had some two dozen or so people living under a railroad bridge, in a culvert or two and sleeping rough in woodlots or behind industrial buildings.  This was something like twenty years ago.

Suburban homelessness is a problem often neglected in Toronto