Barrie Mayor Calls Out Twitter User Over Homelessness Comment

Mayor Reminds Them The Homeless Are Human Beings, Not Litter

Barrie’s Mayor issued a stern reminder via Twitter, as the city continues to struggle with a surge in homelessness.

An image is making the rounds on social media, showing Mayor Jeff Lehman’s response to someone’s suggestion the city “clean up” the homeless.

The mayor reminded the Twitter user the homeless are human beings.

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Earlier this year, the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness reported there were nearly 700 people experiencing homelessness in Simcoe County, nearly half within Barrie itself. Many of those dealing with issues of addiction, a significant portion also struggle to make rent or mortgage payments.