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Australia has housed rough sleepers during the pandemic, unlike the US, but it’s a temporary fix. Cristobal Herrera-Ulashkevich/EPA/AAP

COVID spurred action on rough sleepers but greater homelessness challenges lie ahead

Australia found shelter for more than 33,000 rough sleepers and other homeless people during the pandemic, but a coming surge in homelessness demands a comprehensive national housing strategy.
Photographer: Alex Frayne, from his series ‘The Overseers of Streets’, for the 2020 Head On Photo Festival

If we realised the true cost of homelessness, we’d fix it overnight

When the moratorium on evictions ends, even more Australians will face housing insecurity and homelessness. Beyond the moral and health cases, there's a powerful financial reason to end homelessness.
A homeless person lies in a tent pitched in downtown in Toronto on April 18, 2020. Many of the city’s homeless population have taken to staying in tents around the city as concerns mount about the safety of the shelter system due to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Ontario’s Safe Streets Act will cost lives amid the coronavirus pandemic

Police officers are integral front-line workers during this extraordinary crisis. They should be empowered to act as protectors of the vulnerable, not as persecutors of homeless people.

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