Vancouver Shames London With Homeless Shelter-Benches

raincity_benches 01In 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.

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10 Comments on "Vancouver Shames London With Homeless Shelter-Benches"

  1. emperorreagan | Jun 30, 2014 at 10:19 am |

    I guess people in Vancouver are still human beings.

    London is just a shit city full of financial devilry.

    • Jin The Ninja | Jun 30, 2014 at 2:16 pm |

      like many west coast cities, has a really sizeable pop’n of the homeless. and like many west coast cities, not many regular people can afford the 889k avg house price tag.

      i’ve always disliked london immensely. had the opportunity a few years ago to relocate there for a grad progam. and decided against it.

  2. erte4wt4etrg | Jun 30, 2014 at 11:23 am |

    i love how we just invisible people if they can’t keep up with the insanity. Too real, don’t stain my reality bubble la la la

  3. AssHat900 | Jun 30, 2014 at 12:36 pm |

    So whats the twenty five year fixed rate for one of these benches?

    • Easy there tiger. We’ve had a lot of interest in these benches, so if you can just leave your personal details, including current valid financial institution credit records, one of my assistants will get back to you.

  4. This. Yes. Vancouver…you remind me of the possibilities for good and decency that wait in the human soul to express themselves when most needed. Thank you!

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