Vancouver homeless advocate walks the walk – via The Globe and Mail

“Judy Graves has spent 30 years walking the walk. Her strolls through the Downtown Eastside and other neighbourhoods have changed thousands of lives for the better. As designer of the city’s housing outreach program, she’ll approach someone living on the street with an offer to get them on welfare and into housing, all in a single day. Ms. Graves, 62, who has worked with homeless people since 1974, helps Vancouver’s most vulnerable navigate the bureaucratic hurdles that prevent them from getting a safe, affordable place to live. And it’s working – the city has reported that street homelessness has decreased by 82 per cent in the past three years, from 815 people to 145.”

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