When homeless people in Duncan, B.C., were asked two years ago how they’d like to live, they said a small cluster of simple sleeping cabins would be great. That way, they’d have a few others around for some protection but not so many that it would become a chaotic, unregulated camp.

So that’s what affordable housing advocate John Horn decided he would push to create as Duncan’s homelessness crisis accelerated last year during the pandemic.

“I very much believe in direct action,” Mr. Horn said. He’d become very tired of the status quo approach to homelessness, which was “telling a guy he has to live in the forest for three years until we can find a real apartment for him.”

Last Friday, 12 people moved into the first cluster of little sleeping cabins that Mr. Horn had built on a downtown city parking lot. The eight-foot-by-eight-foot rooms have a window, a door, a plug, an electric baseboard heater and a bed. Another two clusters are in progress. Cost: a little less than $7,000 a cabin.  Read the rest of this article at The Globe and Mail…

Image: Cowichan Housing Executive Director John Horn at a new site where sleeping cabins have been set up on land that the City of Duncan has temporarily provided to house a total of 12 eight-by-eight sleeping cabins for homeless people on Cowichan Tribes land in Duncan, B.C., on Jan. 20, 2021.
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