Why Laura Petrillo is Sleeping Outside
Often people believe that those who are unhoused choose to be. I am here to tell you that many of the youth I have met on the streets of Vancouver were on the street for a variety of different factors and most often it was a last resort.
Homeless Hub noted that “often, people experience homelessness when all other options have been exhausted, and/or they are dealing with circumstances that make it difficult to maintain housing.” Some of the other hindrances that sometimes produce homelessness are eviction, affordable housing, and coping with mental illness or addictions.
I am sleeping out to help raise awareness and understanding around what other circumstances and obstacles life may have dealt the humans on the street you are seeing. In hopes that we can all see past the present circumstances, to the person and the story they hold.