A high-ranking London police officer who spearheaded a stand against homelessness in London says “there is hope” for those who are sleeping rough.
Deputy police chief Daryl Longworth orchestrated a series of four six-hour stands throughout the past two months, each focused on different parts of the population affected by homelessness in London.
The latest and final stand in Victoria Park on Wednesday evening — with an emphasis on Indigenous issues — had participants gather around a fire, share personal stories, and discuss ways the community can advocate for long-term solutions such as affordable, sustainable housing.
“If we can understand a little more about their culture, their beliefs and their understanding, it helps us communicate better,” said Longworth.
Previous stands focused on youth, women, and Mission Services, and altogether created a 24-hour stand against homelessness.
“I’ve met a number of people, we’ve partnered with a number of agencies and organizations that deal with people experiencing homelessness. We’ve also had a number of people stop in who have experience,” said Longworth.
“It was heartening for me to have them come and stand with us. It was a demonstration to others there are solutions, there are ways out, and there is hope.”
— With files from 980 CFPL’s Andrew Graham
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