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'A dignified alternative': the special cart for homeless people to keep their stuff

Group in western Canada comes up with prototype trolley equipped with handbrakes, shelving and locks
UBC grad students Kurt Yesilcimen, second from left, and Connor Keegan, far right, give the cart a final inspection before handing it over to Metro Community church’s Devon Siebenga and Ramsay Collier. Photograph: UBC Okanagan

It’s a challenge often overshadowed by the more pressing concerns of homelessness: where to store your belongings.

But since 2016, a group in western Canada has been designing a prototype vehicle aimed at offering those who live on the streets a better alternative to shopping carts when it comes to transporting their worldly goods.

“Part of the

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