Together, we can solve homelessness

Homelessness is unbearable. For everyone. No one wants to be without a place to call home. No one wants to live on the street or not know when their next meal will be. No one wants to see another human living in inhumane conditions. None of us are happy knowing systems are failing the most vulnerable in our community.

Homelessness remains a prevailing and urgent concern in Guelph and Wellington County. Every day and night, as many as 270 members of our community may be homeless and the Guelph and Wellington County By-Name-List typically identifies 140 individuals, by name, who are experiencing homelessness.

You can learn more about measuring community homelessness here.

Homelessness is a system failure. We know a combination of individual and systemic factors result in someone in our community living without a permanent place to call home. In addition to system breakdown, poverty, stigma, and personal trauma also can play a role in someone finding themselves without a home. What doesn’t make someone homeless is being lazy, not wanting to work or wanting to live off the system.

Homelessness is closer than we think. People experiencing homelessness come from all corners of our community. A streak of bad luck or an unexpected life event could put anyone in a similar situation. People living without a home have hopes, dreams and want to contribute to their community. Homelessness limits the personal, social and economic value everyone should have the opportunity to share. 

Homelessness is solvable. For years, our community has been reimagining how to solve homelessness and we have made incredible strides (like Prime Minister shout-out strides!) in reducing the number of people who do not have a home.

We have been so successful that we know — by name — those individuals in our community who do not have a permanent housing solution. We also know that many of these individuals don’t just need a roof over their heads. With strong leadership from the County of Wellington as our region’s lead agency coordinating this work, we’re making significant progress. Just a few examples can be found herehere and here.

More progress is needed. More understanding. More action.

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