wow…the homeless question is a huge issue here. Yes we do have too many homeless folks here. Most are aboriginal. We do have some over night shelters with limited space but they aren't open during the days. The day shelter just closed a few weeks ago.
During the winter if folks can't make it to the over night shelters I've seen then sleeping in ATM vestibules. Also heard some sleep on the sidewalk under a building's heat exchange vents. When we arrived here it was December. On my first day it was dark and -20C. I was in the office doing HR stuff. When we went from the lobby to the second floor there was a homeless gentleman sleeping in the stairway. The HR rep gently checked if he was OK and reminded him to leave. "You'll see a lot of that" she said.
People are homeless here for a lot or reasons, Many come here from the communities to look for work, visit family, get away from their community. Some run out of money and can't get back, Some get sick. Some decide they don't want to work or have no skills.
Here we have a reasonable population (18K) but there's always someone who'll stop to talk on the street, in the grocery store, at the local. There's even the option to hide from folks (as Keamoose).
The pace of life is just right and it does feel good to know your friends (even though we have a large transient population). The folks who stick it out here are worth knowing and those that come and go are fun while they last.
The latest stir was when a group of concerned citizens staged a protest and brought the homeless folks some lawn chairs to stop them from sitting on the stoop outside the post office. You see, summer is settin' season here and the local businesses get a bit concerned about the loitering.