In the wake of those nasty London “Anti-Homeless Spikes” we’ve all been seeing, RainCity Housing in Vancouver has installed shelter-benches that can be transformed immediately into a shelter by unfolding the back. “Now, how do we get our bums over to Vancouver..?” London thinks to itself.
Boris Johnson condemned the practice of putting metal spikes in doorways to deter rough-sleepers as “ugly, self defeating and stupid” – so maybe the London mayor could take a lead from the city of Vancouver when it comes to tackling homelessness.
Designed by Vancouver company Spring Advertising, these benches fold out to create an instant emergency shelter for rough sleepers.
A handful of the benches were constructed in Vancouver last year to raise awareness of homelessness in the city. When the top is flipped up, the phone number and address for local housing organisation RainCity is displayed – to encourage rough sleepers to seek help and find shelter.
“We don’t know if they have been used by homeless folks, but probably,” said Bill Briscall from RainCity. “In a park one block from my house I see people sleeping overnight almost every month throughout the year.”
The backlash to anti-homeless spikes began when a picture was tweeted showing metal studs in the doorway of a luxury block of flats in Southwark. Tesco subsequently bowed to public pressure to remove a set of the spikes from outside its Regent Sreet store.
via The Telegraph