The first two days of Housing Stability Week saw close to 290 individuals attend Silverwoods Arena seeking immediate housing and supports including financial, health and social services. In an effort to provide immediate housing to as many individuals as possible, the City of London is looking for additional affordable housing options and clothing donations.
“So far this week we’ve been able to provide housing to 35 adults and 3 children through 33 units and have connected many individuals and families with the immediate supports they required,” says Craig Cooper, Manager of Homeless Prevention at the City of London. “With winter right around the corner we’re hoping to make a larger dent in our housing wait list and we’re looking for community and private landlords with affordable housing options available to help us get more individuals the housing they need.”
To help make it easier for private landlords to offer affordable housing options, the City offers landlord supports including direct rent payment through Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program, financial supplements, support for the housed individual, and dispute resolution support. Landlords interested in offering affordable housing are encouraged to connect with Danielle Neilson at 226-926-7192.
In addition to affordable housing options, the City is also asking for clothing donations including the following items:
- Winter coats
- Winter boots
- Winter gloves, hats and scarves
- Men’s clothing in sizes small and medium
- Women and men’s clothing in size extra-large
- Sweaters – any size
- Pants – any size
Clothing donations can be dropped off at Silverwoods Arena (50 Sycamore St.) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. until Friday November 1, 2019.
“Homeless prevention and housing is a complex issue facing all of London and an issue we can’t solve alone,” says Cooper. “We’ve been working together with many community partners and agencies to make as much impact during this week as possible.”
Housing Stability Week, October 28 – November 1, provides individuals and families facing or at risk of facing homelessness with a centralized access point to services and programs. The 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.