A Vancouver charity, RainCity Housing, is giving homeless people in this rainy city some dry coverage and a place to rest by converting city benches into pop-up shelters.

The company, in BC Canada, tries to drive the homeless to their actual shelter buildings, but also uses innovative designs that feature benches to welcome weary people to stretch out. During the daytime, the benches are places to wait for a bus or sit. At night, they convert into usable shelters where the backboard lifts up to provide shelter.

(READ the story in – BUT, NOTE: The London “spikes” only appeared on two private properties, were not a city program, and were removed after wide protest.)

Story Tip from Colleen Eggertson

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