Northumberland joins national campaign to house the homeless.
A grassroots coalition of over a dozen agencies in Northumberland County have joined a national movement involving 33 other communities across the country whose goal is to permanently house 20,000 of Canada's most vulnerable people by July 1st, 2018. As part of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness' 20,000 Homes Campaign, the Northumberland team is bringing greater visibility to the state of homelessness in our area.
A key first step was 'Registry Week' which was a week-long endeavour (Nov. 14-18th) to gather person-specific data about the individuals and families who are experiencing or are at risk of homelessness. During that week, survey teams of local volunteers were at agencies, health providers, community events and out in public spaces throughout the county, speaking with community members and doing individual assessments of housing history, health, and current levels of risk and need. The approach was to know every person experiencing or at risk of homelessness by name and to prioritize those most vulnerable, to help them get into stable, affordable housing as quickly as possible.
Data collected through this survey identified 238 individuals and 66 families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in our community. A full report, entitled 'A Home for Everyone is Key', was presented to Council, and contains recommendations for immediate actions and longer-term strategies to end homelessness in Northumberland County.