This week on Thunder Bay Votes: The issues that matter, living on the edge, homelessness and poverty.
Jordan, who asked we not use his real name, is a local man who has been on the cusp of homelessness for many years, even as he hops from one job to another.
He is frustrated no politicians are addressing the high cost of renting a decent apartment in the city.
The website, homelesshub.ca, shows the average price for a bachelor suite in Thunder Bay in 2016, was $608 a month.
It’s Jordan’s belief landlords in the city keep their rents high enough “to keep poor people out of their buildings.”
He’s found since coming to Thunder Bay from Vancouver about four years ago, keeping his head above water is easier here, but it’s still been a struggle to find affordable permanent housing.
Most of the time after he got here, he was making due in institutional housing and “living out of a back-pack.”
Jordan also believes there’s a disconnect between politicians and the needy and city council hopefuls should be meeting those people who are down and out. (Stock photo)