While Chris agrees, it is definitely cold, the key is having a good sleeping bag. He doesn’t want to be recorded, named or photographed because he likes to stay anonymous.
Chris is one of 13,000 people in Victoria that don’t have a permanent place to live.
Another big issue identified by McKenzie is the lack of supervised inhalation sites in Victoria. The Harbour, a supervised injection site, sits right next to Our Place Society does not have offer safe inhalation.
“A lot of smokers are hanging around outside … and not going into the shelter because they want to smoke overnight but they want to be close to The Harbour … this is a place of safety for them,” says McKenzie.
McKenzie says the majority of overdoses come from smoking drugs because it offers a false sense of security as opposed to injecting the drugs.