Song becomes an anthem for the fight against homelessness in Kingston

The Kingston-based musical duo Lauren Carson and the Dirty Blonde held a virtual concert on March 28 to celebrate the release of Carson’s “People Watching” music video while also raising money to combat homelessness in the city. With about 20 attendees over the Zoom platform — many sharing the screen with friends and family — […]

The Complex Link Between Homelessness and Mental Health

For many Americans, the prospect of losing their homes and falling into uncertain housing situations became excruciatingly prescient during the economic downturn caused by the impact of the coronavirus outbreak. A 2019 study suggested that even at that time, 40 percent of Americans were already one missed paycheck away from poverty. And though governmental policies […]

Micro-suite apartment building to provide dignified homes with on-site supports in Winnipeg

Construction starts this summer on a modern, dignified and supportive living space designed to help more Manitobans out of addictions and homelessness. A partnership between the Pollard family and all three levels of government will give people experiencing homelessness an affordable housing solution in Winnipeg’s Centennial area.  The Pollard family’s Home First Winnipeg, a not-for-profit charitable […]

Policing and evicting people living in encampments will not solve homelessness in Canada

Research conservatively estimates that 35,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night, with an average of one person sleeping outdoors for every five individuals staying in a shelter. As those numbers continue to increase during the pandemic, there is a corresponding increase in policing of encampments at the municipal level. In the past month alone, […]

Openings available at One Roof for youth mental health, support services

Support services such as counseling, mental health, and therapy have moved online, and demand for such services has increased as people deal with not only pandemic worries, but their personal challenges.  According to an estimate, approximately 28,000 children and youth across Ontario are on wait lists for mental health care. Some clients have to wait […]