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County releases first 20K Homes Progress Report in conjunction with Housing Awareness Day proclamation

Posted on Wednesday November 15, 2017

Cobourg, ON – November 15, 2017 – In honour of National Housing Day, taking place November 22, County Council today proclaimed November 22, 2017 as Housing Awareness Day in Northumberland County.

Today in our country, 3.3 million people cannot access safe and affordable housing, with an estimated 235,000 people experiencing homelessness each year. Northumberland County and its partner agencies are working together to increase housing stability and end chronic homelessness here in Northumberland.

“Housing Awareness Day is an opportunity to call attention to the housing reality faced by many in our community,” stated County Warden Mark Walas. “During Registry Week 2016, we spoke with 75 individuals and families who were experiencing homelessness and 227 individuals and families who were at risk of homelessness. It is timely that on the same day we are drawing attention to the housing challenges faced by many, we are also releasing our first 20,000 Homes Progress Report.”

Housing Awareness Day is about encouraging conversation about the housing reality faced by many in our community. Northumberland County supports organizations and individuals working together to eliminate homelessness and transform service systems to ensure families and individuals have access to safe, affordable and permanent housing.

Precarious housing and homelessness impacts all areas of Northumberland County. The Northumberland 20,000 Homes Campaign, which launched in November 2016, represented a commitment from over 20 community partners to create a robust system of local responses to address and prevent homelessness throughout the county. The 20,000 Homes Progress Report released today highlights the collective steps taken, to date, in pursuit of this objective.

“We have made real progress in supporting individual and family needs and increasing housing stability, and there is much work yet to be done,” stated Lisa Horne, County Director of Community and Social Services. “Northumberland County remains committed to the goals expressed through the 20K Homes campaign to support individuals experiencing homelessness throughout our community, and we will continue to actively seek solutions to move forward with the community’s plan for ending chronic homelessness.”

To learn more about housing and homelessness in Northumberland County and how you can help, please visit: www.northumberlandcounty.ca/ HousingAwareness.

For a copy of the 2017 Homelessness Progress Report released today, visit www.NorthumberlandCounty.ca/20KHomes.

If you or someone you know is experiencing, or is at risk of, homelessness please contact Northumberland County Community and Social Services at 905-372-6846 ext. 2468.

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