Bus stop benches of Vancouver, with pop-up roof to provide shelter for the homeless

shelter for the homeless

Have you seen benches, which serve two purposes? If not, then you can definitely find such benches in Vancouver, Canada. These benches are equipped with a pop-up roof, so that homeless do not get drenched when it rains.

Created in 2013, by a local advertising agency Spring and grassroots advocacy group RainCity Housing, these benches provides progressive services to Vancouver’s homeless. During the day, benches serve as seating for those waiting for the bus to arrive and at night, the front can be lifted up and out to create an overhang, so as to provide shelter for the homeless. The back of the bench tells homeless people, ‘Find a home here.’

We don’t know if they have been used by homeless folks, but probably. The need in Vancouver is certainly there: In a park one block from my house I see people sleeping overnight almost every month throughout the year, said Briscall, the organization’s communications manager.

shelter for the homeless

The city that receives rain almost 200 days a year; which isn’t horrible for the people who have a cozy pair of galoshes and a warm, dry sofa. But think how terrible it will be for the ones who do not have a roof over their head! These benches equipped with pop-up roof are indeed a good shelter for the homeless.

 

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