Raising awareness by sleeping in cars
By Sue Tiffin
Published Feb. 28, 2019
Pledge forms were flying out of Fay Martin’s folder after she made a delegation to Minden Hills council on Feb. 14 about a Sleeping in Cars event being held overnight this March 1.
The event, which welcomes “sleepers,” who will sleep in their cars overnight, is primarily intended to raise awareness of homelessness in Haliburton County, and participants are invited to raise funds for a one-bedroom apartment in Cardiff, currently under construction.
“The event is being hosted by Places for People to raise awareness about the extent and nature of homelessness in Haliburton County, where sleeping in a vehicle is a common ‘choice’ when one has no place to live and has worn out couch-surfing options,” said Martin in her letter to council.
Mayor Brent Devolin said he would be available at the event to offer access to washrooms and a warm space if needed in the township building on-site.
Councillor Pam Sayne said she appreciated the event and the attention it will bring to the issue, noting she had spoken to someone who was living in their car who spoke to the science they had to go through of testing it out and preparing it to be safe for extended periods of time.
he Sleeping in Cars event takes place in Minden in the council chambers from dusk Friday, March 1 until dawn on Saturday, March 2. A campfire and gathering of cars for both “sleepers” and supporters will meet 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday night, and a reflection circle begins at 7 a.m. on Saturday morning. The event is also taking place in Haliburton, in the Dysart library parking lot, and in Wilberforce, at the Lloyd Watson Centre parking lot. For more information or to donate, visit www.placesforpeople.ca.