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Advocates push for priority COVID-19 vaccines for homeless, shelter staff

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Advocates say homeless people should get priority to COVID-19 vaccines given how at risk they are to the virus and how much more likely they are to get severely ill if infected. “We as a society set the moral tone by who we provide supports for and who we …

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‘Imperative’ COVID-19 vaccines prioritized for homeless, shelter staff: advocates – National

‘Imperative’ COVID-19 vaccines prioritized for homeless, shelter staff: advocates - National

Advocates say homeless people should get priority to COVID-19 vaccines given how at risk they are to the virus and how much more likely they are to get severely ill if infected. “We as a society set the moral tone by who we provide supports for and who we …

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Fraser Health declares COVID-19 outbreak at Surrey homeless shelter – BC

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A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at a homeless shelter in Surrey. Fraser Health says 24 clients and two staff have tested positive at the Surrey Emergency Response Centre, which opened last year. According to a city announcement of its opening, the centre is referral-only and has 110 “safe …

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Group hoping to locate homeless man with Down syndrome reported in Coquitlam

Group hoping to locate homeless man with Down syndrome reported in Coquitlam

An advocacy group is asking people in the Coquitlam area to keep their eye out for a homeless man with Down syndrome. Wayne Leslie, CEO of the Down Syndrome Resource Foundation, says little is known about the man or the area he frequents. “Typically, adults with Down syndrome are …

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Ontario study finds people on homeless spectrum hit hard by COVID-19

Ontario study finds people on homeless spectrum hit hard by COVID-19

Daniel and Allison live on the street and are constantly worried about getting sick. The pandemic has been particularly tough. They said many people they know have contracted COVID-19 and exposed others to the virus. “We need hand sanitizer, we need masks, and we need safe supplies to come …

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Opposition party wants homeless people exempt from Quebec curfew – Montreal

Opposition party wants homeless people exempt from Quebec curfew - Montreal

Quebec opposition party, Quebec solidaire, is calling for people experiencing homelessness to be exempt from the government-imposed curfew. Quebec solidaire member Alexandre Leduc said Wednesday his party is concerned after hearing reports that homeless people have been ticketed in Val-d’Or and Montreal for violating the health order. With the …

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Montreal homeless shelters ask for help as COVID-19 cases surge – Montreal

Montreal homeless shelters ask for help as COVID-19 cases surge - Montreal

Homeless community workers in Montreal are worried about staffing shortages as COVID-19 cases surge among its community. Resilience Montreal shelter has been closed since Dec. 17 so that its staff could take a break after being swamped for weeks helping members of the city’s homeless population. Nakuset, director of …

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Quebec government to fund $600,000 for Montreal Indigenous shelter’s relocation – Montreal

Quebec government to fund $600,000 for Montreal Indigenous shelter’s relocation - Montreal

Resilience Montreal, an Indigenous homeless drop-in centre in downtown Montreal, will be given $600,000 from the government to relocate within the next four months. The day shelter’s lease at the corner of St. Catherine and Atwater streets next to Cabot Square — an area that is rapidly being gentrified …

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Pandemic’s effect on homelessness could take years to play out. Experts call for action

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A government-commissioned report says the effect of COVID-19 on the number of homeless people in Canada won’t be felt for three to five years, giving policy-makers a chance to prevent the pandemic from putting people on the street. One reason for the delay is that people in need will …

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From tents to converted hotel, pandemic prompts changes for Montreal homeless – Montreal

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Alexandre was sorting cans one recent morning outside a tent pitched next to a busy Montreal road by the Port of Montreal. Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he had been sleeping at a homeless shelter, but when health measures forced the shelter to cut its capacity, he was forced …

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