Kawartha Lakes embarks on 20,000 Homes campaign
The initiative is inspired by the successful 100,000 Homes Campaign from the United States that concluded in 2014, having housed a total of 105,580 people.
“The 20,000 Homes Campaign is a grassroots movement of communities working together to permanently house some of our most vulnerable homeless neighbours,” says Hope Lee, Manager of Housing Help Division. “Homelessness is a solvable problem and we believe if we work together and apply proven strategies like Housing First, we’ll achieve meaningful reductions in homelessness within three years.”
The 20,000 Homes Campaign is focused on the ‘most vulnerable’, referring specifically to homeless individuals who are assessed as having high acuity (those with complex needs and at risk of death from homelessness) and/or those who are chronic or episodically homeless. The Housing First approach is a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing providing supports and services as needed.
Without adequate affordable housing and related supports for the most vulnerable in our community, these individuals often end up being dependent upon local emergency shelters, or costly public services such as hospitals and correctional facilities.
The campaign will engage volunteers to get to know homeless people by name and assess their housing and health care needs through a simple survey during the week of August 22. Completed surveys and recorded data will be shared with staff who will prioritize entry into housing based on urgent need. The community will then work together to house its most vulnerable homeless people.
The campaign has been approved by Council and is a follow up to Council’s commitment in 2014 to a Ten Year Housing and Homelessness Plan (HHP) "Building Strong Communities".
The 20,000 Homes campaign will count the homeless in the City of Kawartha Lakes and County of Haliburton during the week of August 22 -26, with a commitment to house twenty-four of the most vulnerable homeless in our community by July 1, 2018. The preliminary results of this survey will be shared with the community on August 26 at a public event.
To volunteer or get involved in the campaign, please contact David French, 20,000 Homes Campaign Coordinator at 705-933-4855 or email 20kHomesCKLH@gmail.com.
For more information please contact:
Campaign Coordinator, 20,000 Homes CKLH Campaign