Homeless campers product of ‘out-of-control’ Hamilton housing market

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Clusters of homeless people camped on the edge of the rail trail east of the Wentworth stairs are a curiosity for passing cyclists and dog walkers.

But the escarpment squatters are also seen by some as a symptom of a rental market that’s increasingly out of reach for the city’s poorest residents.

The summer has been notable for a greater presence of people sleeping rough at major downtown intersections, parks and other urban patches of land.

“We know 100 per cent that it is a result of our out-of-control housing market,” Sara Mayo, of the Social Planning and Research Council of Hamilton (SPRC), said Tuesday.

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Article and Image Source: The Hamilton Spectator

 

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