Unhoused campers behind the Integrated Care Hub on Montreal Street will be allowed to stay where they are through the winter, and some of them clearly hope to remain there beyond city council’s eviction deadline in late March. But that doesn’t mean life is easy for them.
Todd Timpany considers himself one of the integrated care hub’s first unhoused residents to set up a tent close to the property on Montreal Street back in 2020.
“My tent was pretty big. I had the biggest tent there, but it was home for almost a year,” Timpany said.
The 47-year-old lost his job when the downtown restaurant he worked for closed its doors just ahead of the pandemic. He then struggled to find employment as the world went into lockdown.
“I had nowhere else to go and it was just simpler to stay in a tent, so I decided to camp it out,” he said.