Today marks World Homeless Day, where the world acknowledges those who are experiencing homelessness.
The results from the enumeration that occurred earlier this year provided a “snapshot” and indicated that a minimum of 182 people are experiencing homelessness in the district. This included individuals who were absolutely homeless to those precariously housed, such as people who are couch surfing.
The purpose of World Homeless Day is to raise awareness about the challenges of homelessness and draw attention to local programs and services which can help those in need. It is estimated that more than 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness in a year, with more than 35,000 Canadians homeless on any given night.
The District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board (DNSSAB) is encouraging people to take a moment today and reflect on the impact that not having a stable home has on individuals and families.
If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, the following services are available in the Nipissing district:
- Shelters: Crisis Centre North Bay Four Elms, Nipissing Transitional House, Ojibway Women’s Lodge and Horizon Women’s Shelter
- Food programs: The Salvation Army, The Gathering Place, Open Arms Café and local Food Banks