The high-tech Blanket, co-designed and produced by Mountain Equipment Coop, is designed for homeless people, made of waterproof dernier nylon and features a printed list of people’s rights in relation to housing, security guards, police and welfare.
Blogger David Eby, a lawyer with Pivot, hopes the blanket campaign will raise awareness about the homeless situation in Vancouver, where there are only 700 shelter spaces available for the estimated 2,300 people who live on the streets.
“The blankets are there to keep homeless warm and dry, but they also raise public awareness,” Eby told CBCNews.ca.
“It’s a reminder of the political side of homelessness and the fact that governments could solve the problem if they wanted to.”
Pivot is asking for public donations so that they can distribute even more blankets. It is already taking orders from the general public for the next batch. Interested people can provide a Rights Blanket to a homeless person for $50.00. People who wish to donate a Rights Blanket can place an order online or call Pivot at (604) 255-9700.