Winnipeg’s first in-person street census in four years was launched Wednesday to gather information about the extent and nature of homelessness and bring some dignity to those experiencing it.
Al Wiebe, a neighbourhood co-ordinator for the event and someone who spent more than two years on the streets, said the data that’s gathered raises awareness and breaks down stigmas.
“It really brings clarity to who the people who experience homelessness are. They’re like you and me, and that’s something we tend to forget,” he said.
“We need to realize that they are our peers, nothing more and nothing less.”
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