Before-and-after photos show how a major city’s homelessness crisis can spiral out of control

Leanna Garfield

In 2018, more than 2,100 people live on the streets of Vancouver, Canada — a record number for the city.

Over the past three years, homelessness in the Greater Vancouver area has also increased by 30%, a figure that's on-par with other major North American metro areas struggling with their own growing homelessness crises, like New York City, San Francisco, and Seattle.

The reasons behind urban homelessness are complicated. But experts have pointed to income inequality and gentrification, shortages in tax subsidies for affordable housing, and rising mental healthcare costs that make services less accessible.

A new project called Vancouver Street View visualizes just how dire the city's homelessness epidemic has gotten in recent years. Created by RainCity Housing, a local nonprofit, the site shows photos of Vancouver streets before and after homeless communities set up informal tent camps.

Take a look below.

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