Bitter winter and Omicron wave make ‘perfect storm’ for Edmonton’s homeless population – CBC

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Bitter winter and Omicron wave make ‘perfect storm’ for Edmonton’s homeless population – CBC

by tmnationtalk on January 20, 202282 Views

‘Not a human, not an animal should be in the cold in the street’

Jan 19, 2022

Shiranda Bull sits in a plastic chair inside a pharmacy waiting room, a blanket wrapped around her shoulders, plastic bags inside her soaking-wet sneakers.

A man slumped over in a chair beside Bull is asleep, his hands pulled up inside the sleeves of his jacket. Another man sleeps on the floor, under a chair.

Manager Alyaa Ibrahim says her central Edmonton pharmacy at 10570 96th St. has become a refuge for homeless people who often line up outside nearby shelters. She regularly offers her visitors a warm place to sleep — an increasingly rare commodity during the bitterly cold winter as shelters face staff shortages and capacity limits due to the Omicron variant’s surge.

More emergency help is needed for homeless people in distress, Ibrahim said in an interview.

“Not a human, not an animal should be in the cold in the street,” Ibrahim said.

Read more: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/homeless-covid-edmonton-cold-snap-1.6320595

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