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Housing Stability For All: Be Part Of London’s Next Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan

What’s Happening? 


London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan is being updated. 

The public is invited to share their ideas about strategies and actions for the Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan. 

What Is London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan? 

The Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan is a community plan that will guide homeless prevention and housing in London for the next five years and shape the future in years to come.

The Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan will be outcome focused, measureable, and help advance towards the goal of housing stability for individuals and families. 

How You Can Be Involved

The public can engage with this process online or in person to provide their input into London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan. 

  • Complete An Online Survey – Visit www.getinvolved.london.ca/HPHLondon to share your ideas about homeless prevention and housing in London by Sunday, June 30, 2019 and invite others to share their ideas and insights by completing a survey.
  • Facilitate A Community Conversation – Facilitate and/or participate in a community conversation in your organization or neighbourhood by Sunday, June 30, 2019. A Community Conversation Toolkit can be downloaded at www.getinvolved.london.ca/HPHLondon. The Toolkit provides everything needed to facilitate a community conversation. 
  •  Participate in a Community Consultation – Participate in the theme-based consultation sessions to review and provide feedback on draft strategies to be included in the Plan. To register to attend a Community Consultation, please visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HPHLondon
  • May 6: Emergency Shelter and Specialized Housing (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
  • May 16: Retaining Community Housing – Supplements (9:00 am – 12:00 pm) 
  • May 29: Creating, Retaining and Enhancing Housing Stock (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm) 
  • June 3: Coordinated Access and Housing First (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm) 
  • June 19: Access to Community Housing – Waitlist & Priorities (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm) 

All consultation sessions will be held at the Carousel Room, Western Fair District. For each consultation session there will be a guest speaker, and breakfast or lunch will be provided.  

We Need Your Help 

The success of the renewed plan relies on the participation of a wide range of stakeholders. 

Please help by sharing this email with your networks. 

For more information about London’s Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan, please visit: www.getinvolved.london.ca/HPHLondon. Thank you for your participation in this engagement process. 

Sincerely,

Sandra Datars Bere

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

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