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FINDING SOLUTIONS TO HOMELESSNESS

 

Communities across Canada are rallying together to implement coordinated and focused approaches to end homelessness. The David Busby Centre is one of the lead organizations participating in actively bringing those solutions based and housing first best practices to our community. Housing with support is the only solution to homelessness.

 

The David Busby Centre is an active member in the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH). Currently our Executive Director is also the Chair of the SCATEH which includes 70 partners across Simcoe County. Visit the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness at www.scateh.com

 

In 2016 and 2018 The David Busby Centre was tasked with the very important role of coordinating our local 20k Homes Campaign and Homelessness Survey across Simcoe County. Working with our Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness partners and community stakeholders we were able to connect with people experiencing homelessness over a concentrated period of time to gain local data as well as to get a snapshot of the crisis in our community. For more information on the results of these efforts visit http://www.scateh.com/20k-homes-campaign.html

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF “HOMELESSNESS”?

 

Homelessness describes the situation of an individual, family or community without stable, safe, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it.

HOMELESSNESS IS A BIG ISSUE

 

Homelessness is a national problem and we’re grappling with it here in Barrie, where we know that at least 300 people are without shelter each night. This creates a range of issues. All levels of government and collective social services organizations such as The Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness are seeking long-term solutions for homelessness, including more funding for housing and targeted supports.

 

Many people who are presenting on the streets of Barrie to be experiencing homelessness end up on the street for many reasons; breakdown of a marriage, under employment, Post Traumatic Stress from serving overseas or from a significant life event, loss of a loved one, etc., these reasons may be compounded by severe mental health challenges and/or addiction make for daily challenges. As a result, some people experiencing homelessness are in survival mode to just get through each day and they have an incredibly hard time trusting that there are people who just want to help.