Learning a skilled trade can be life-altering for homeless youth

Shantelle Wiscombe is a skilled carpenter who absolutely loves her job building custom staircases for a Newmarket firm. At 22, she has an independent life and a very bright future, not so different from others her age, perhaps. But not that long ago, Wiscombe was dealing with homelessness and addiction. We apologize, but this video […]

Homelessness is about more than housing

Donations of socks and winter items seen as a start, but more must be learned by all What do we really know about homelessness? Homelessness is on the rise according to the National Housing Strategy, and has been exacerbated by COVID-19. Occasionally, we see heart-warming stories of successful transitions from homeless to housed. But more […]

Stigma kept Surrey man trapped in cycle of addiction, homelessness

Stigma kept Surrey man trapped in cycle of addiction, homelessness ‘It took me until I was 40 to admit I was an addict,’ Nelson Mendonca said A Surrey man, who spent much of his life struggling with addiction, is sharing his story of how stigma, shame and guilt were the key ingredients that prevented him […]

Talks underway to build 30-unit facility to address Indigenous homelessness in the Sault

District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board (DSSMSSAB) has entered into discussions with Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services and the local Indian Friendship Centre, aimed at building a 30-unit supportive housing facility here to address Indigenous homelessness. Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services (OAHS), which maintains its provincial headquarters in the Sault, has offered to cover […]

Ontario investing $2M into project to build tiny houses for homeless veterans

KINGSTON, Ont. — The Ontario government says it’s helping build tiny houses for homeless veterans. The province says it’s investing $2 million in the Kingston-based project, and Housing Minister Steve Clark issued a special zoning order Wednesday allowing the site to be used for residential purposes without a long wait time. Ontario says an-acre-and-a-half of […]

Report shows many homeless people in Belleville shelters from out of region

Homelessness is no longer just a big city problem in Canada. Smaller municipalities surrounding the Belleville, Ont., region are reporting an increase in unhoused people during the pandemic, and many communities are struggling to provide services. “Neighbouring municipalities are actually delivering their homeless people to our region in hopes of accessing support such as at […]

How Our Cashless Society is Changing Homelessness

Sorry, no cash … She hasn’t even started her story yet, but despite how touching it could be, my answer stays the same: ‘I’m sorry, I wish I could help, but I don’t have any cash on me’. I feel awful every time I say it, although I should be used to it by now. […]

Advocacy groups want rural and remote homelessness data

The Campbell River and District Coalition to End Homelessness is hoping to get a more accurate picture of housing needs in the rural and remote communities that fall under their purview. Over the next few months, the coalition along with the Urban Indigenous and Wellness Coalition will be coordinating a group of people from the […]