Over the five days of Housing Stability Week, the City of London, together with community partners, housed 70 individuals and families and provided 550 individuals with a range of immediate support including showers, clean clothing and a meal.
“This initiative was a complete change in approach for the City, we needed to do something different for those living unsheltered and in emergency shelters, says Craig Cooper, Manager of Homeless Prevention at the City of London. “At the end of the day – we are housing people.”
Individuals assessed this week were connected with community supports through programs such as Salvation Army, Veterans Affairs, addiction services, housing finders, the Housing Stability Bank and other wrap-around supports for their unique needs or circumstances.
Beyond this week, the City of London’s Homeless Prevention team will continue their day-to-day work with individuals and families to find housing and provide ongoing support to individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
“While we’re happy with the number of individuals we’ve housed and supported this week the need for additional housing remains,” says Cooper. “We’re still looking for community and private landlords with affordable housing available to help us house and support more individuals. Landlords are encouraged to connect with Danielle Neilson at 226-926-7192.”
This initiative could not have happened without the support of the entire City. Thank you to everyone who donated clothing, volunteered their time, and came forward with affordable housing.
The Housing Stability Week initiative is one of the short-term actions identified in the Core Area Action Plan. The Plan addresses four key needs: people struggling with homelessness and health issues need help; people need to feel safe and secure; businesses need an environment that allows them to be successful; and, the Core Area needs to attract more people.