Registration is now open for the No Fixed Address Community Symposium! Please see below for event details:
When: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Centre 591 Wellington Road London, ON N6C 4R3
What to expect: Keynote
speakers, panel presentations and round table discussions with academics and
community partners discussing how to prevent discharge from hospital into
homelessness; prizes and lunch
Who should attend: Academics, clinicians, students, community agencies and community members
Registration: Registration is required.
Should you have any questions, please contact Anne.Peters@lhsc.on.ca
On Friday, April 12th, 2019 the London Homeless Coalition hosted its biannual Soup ‘n Bread event at the Covent Garden Market Square. Using an interactive public art activity and display, we shed light on the deeply concerning growth of the wait list for social housing in London.
In a period of 5 years, the wait list has grown from 2,807 in 2015 to 4,820 today, an increase of 72%.
Our art display consisted of a handcrafted, wooden house with thousands of figurines lined-up outside of the house and running through the Market Square. This line-up presented a sobering visual of just how many individuals and families are currently waiting to enter into a place they can call home.
This growth in the social housing waitlist is a clear indicator of the difference between the need for affordable housing in London and the available supply. Without available affordable housing, our efforts to end homelessness are made significantly more difficult. Having seen increases in shelter lengths of stay in the last City of London report, we are calling on all orders of government to immediately put funding to work to increase the supply of new affordable housing, including units at an Ontario Works or RGI rate.
A special thanks to John Howard Society staff and clients for their hard work and creative thought going into this year’s art display. Thank you to our current partners and the community for their continued support and partnered initiatives as we work together to solve housing loss from a systems approach. We hope to see everyone again on October 10th for our next event.
Housing Stability For All: Be Part Of London’s Next Homeless Prevention and Housing Plan
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.
Sandra Datars Bere