04/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

2010 Olympics No Changemaker For Vancouver's Homeless

Off the beaten track of Vancouver's newly constructed buildings for the 2010 Winter Olympics, you'll find the Downside Eastside Connect, a kiosk dedicated to informing Olympic visitors about the state of the homeless in Vancouver.

But as the Vancouver Sun reports, the homeless pavilion is too little too late for the city's homeless residents.

Perhaps it's that staged, glossy photo at the door of the politicians -- Housing Minister Rich Coleman and Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson -- smiling as they dig shovels into the ground to symbolize the construction of 14 social housing shelters. The caption carefully leaves out the fact these projects were started too late to be ready for the Olympics and are years away from completion.

At the back of the pavilion is a "human library", the Sun writes.

But this is not a library of books. Rather what you get to check out, for 30 minutes at a time, is a real, live human being, one of many in a collection, from the Downtown Eastside. These "human books," paid an honorarium for their services, will recite their stories about life in Vancouver's ghetto.

Read the full story about Downside Eastside Connect on the Vancouver Sun.

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