Announcements

Homelessness Plan Consultations

The London Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan is being updated and in the next couple of weeks the public engagement process will begin. I wanted to reach out to you before we publically launch to let you know about how you can participate.

The success of the renewed plan relies on the participation of a wide range of stakeholders. There are a number of ways to participate and we invite your involvement in the following ways:

1.    Online Survey – Complete a survey and invite others to complete a survey.

2.    Community Conversations – Facilitate a community conversation.

3.    Community Consultations – Participate in the theme-based consultation sessions to review and provide feedback on draft strategies to be included in the Plan.

More information will follow about the community consultations. For now, please hold the dates in your calendar. 

Consultation Theme #1: Emergency Shelter and Supportive Housing

Date: May 6, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Carousel Room, Western Fair District

Consultation Theme #2: Supportive Housing and Subsidies 

Date: May 16, 2019

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Location: Carousel Room, Western Fair District

Consultation Theme #3: Permanent Subsidized Housing 

Date: May 29, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Carousel Room, Western Fair District

Consultation Theme #4: Coordinated Access and Housing First 

Date: June 3, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Carousel Room, Western Fair District

Consultation Theme #5: Community (Social) Housing Waitlist 

Date: June 19, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: Carousel Room, Western Fair District

Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Training

VETERANS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

LUNCH AND LEARN SPRING SERIES

TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2019

Veterans Mental Health and Substance Use

Dr. Ken Lee, Medical Consultant

Parkwood Institute’s Operational Stress Injury Clinic,

Canadian Mental Health Association, Middlesex-London Branch

Veterans experiencing homelessness are at increased risk of experiencing mental health issues and problematic substance use. Join us for a free lunch and learn on Veterans mental health and substance use and the services offered through Parkwood Institute’s Operational Stress Injury Clinic.

WHEN:     Tuesday, April 16, 2019    12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE:   Victory Legion, 311 Oakland Ave., London, N5W 4J5(free parking on-site)
WHO’S INVITED: Veteran serving organizations, emergency services, homeless serving organizations and those with lived experience are invited to attend.

RSVP: To Homeless Prevention at homelessprevention@london.ca by April 12, 2019

We look forward to providing additional details regarding future

Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Advisory Committee

Lunch and Learn Series Topics and Speakers

 

SPONSORED BY: London’s Veterans Experiencing Homelessness Advisory Committee

Please write to Zane Eastabrook, Education and Training Specialist, Homeless Prevention and Housing, City of London at zeastabr@london.ca with any questions you may have.

Community Wellbeing Event

Please join the London Coordinating Committee to End Woman Abuse for a press release and discussion panel on February 1st at 11 am at the London Food Incubator, 630 Dundas Street, London

Measure the success and strength of our community by the health and wellbeing of all citizens

In Ontario, 48 women were killed by men in their lives this past year[1]. Every life lost tears a hole in the fabric of our society that can never be mended. To be ‘successful’ as a society, we must care deeply about all of our people and work together to create a vision of a sustainable and equitable society in which all people belong and have value.

Toward a different measure of success, the LCCEWA has released a local snapshot of statistics to start a dialogue in London.  The LCCEWA is working to connect the dots between social and systemic issues that include violence against women, inequality, rising poverty, mental health, addictions, engaging men, human trafficking, affordable housing and employment. 

A community is only as strong as its most vulnerable members.  We want to start measuring our success as a city not only by those who are doing well, but by telling the stories and numbers of people who are struggling to survive in the current system. It is a baseline by which to chart our progress over time. 

Understanding and addressing the complexity of social issues is essential for prevention, informed policies, and prioritizing support for families.  It’s especially important for leaders like you to better understand that violence committed against women is not just an issue that happens between people, it is a bi-partisan societal issue that has high individual, social and economic costs that impact everyone.

London is a city with great strengths. Solutions to our most pressing problems require the engagement and support of the whole community. We are using the snapshot to tell the story of what is happening on the ground in London so that we can think together about how we can be successful as a community.

Please join us for a press release and discussion panel on February 1st at 11 am at the London Food Incubator, 630 Dundas Street, London.

For more information, please email avril_flanigan@sympatico.ca

A Message from Mission Services of London

“Rotholme Women’s & Family Shelter, a branch of Mission Services of London, has been experiencing some very significant occupancy challenges over the last 11 months, with Daily Average Occupancy routinely averaging 120%, and going all the way up to 200% at peak times. Through the generosity of community donors who responded to this need, and with the help of a one-time urgent grant from the City of London in 2018, Rotholme has been able to accommodate participants beyond its shelter capacity of 20 families, by using motels/hotels to cover overflow in the short term. It was our hope that the unprecedented increase in demand for family emergency shelter would be a short-term circumstance, subsiding to more usual levels over the course of the year; unfortunately, this has not been the case. Due to the infeasibility of continuing this approach as a long-term practice, effective January 1, 2019, Rotholme will no longer be able to use motels/hotels to cover overflow.

Families currently accessing hotel/motel stays through Rotholme, and who remain in need of emergency shelter as of January 1st, will continue to be supported as they move through the remaining steps toward more stable housing. However, we will be unable to accommodate new families into overflow.

Moving forward, we will continue to house up to 20 families within our existing shelter; we will also continue to seek proactive solutions to families experiencing a housing crisis and to divert families in a positive manner wherever possible.”

Peter Rozeluk, Executive Director