You’ve been homeless for almost three years. You’ve slept on park benches in Vancouver, Canada, a Salvation Army shelter in Calgary and homeless shelters in Grand Prairie and Lethbridge. You’ve been sleeping rough for so long that you can’t remember the last time you had a permanent address, or that you dared to dream that your life might actually lead somewhere. But then you end up in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and everything changes. For in this small Canadian city, homelessness no longer exists.
This was the experience of one Donald Smith. It took a matter of weeks for Smith to be given a place of his own in Medicine Hat. “I literally cried. I was happy,” Smith told the Calgary Herald in May 2015. Imagine if this could be every homeless person’s experience.