Strategic Approach to End Homelessness

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Strategic Priority 1 of the CSWBP is to develop a unified and community system approach to end homelessness.  Homelessness remains a misunderstood issue locally, nationally, and globally. Currently we have approximately 350 individuals in Timmins experiencing chronic homelessness (April 2021). Other local data suggests that over 700 individuals are exploring homelessness. Homelessness can result from compounding and/or individual factors such as mental health, job loss, domestic violence, and more.

We must also recognize as a community that specific groups experience homelessness, as well as other forms of social exclusion, at a higher rate than the general population. In Timmins, more than half of our homeless population is Indigenous. This will require particular interventions at the policy, support, and housing levels to account for these unique circumstances.

To enable a true and sustained end to homelessness, we need to look at strategic prevention.

Targeted Outcomes:

  • Increase in residents having the support they need to access and maintain housing.
  • Increase in prevention through service coordination.
  • Implementation of a homelessness report card that measures the number of people on the street, in shelters, length of stay, and turnover,
  • Increase in community-wide education and awareness regarding homelessness and poverty.

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