20,000 Homes Peel
The 20,000 Homes Campaign in Peel Region is a community-led initiative to participate in the national 20,000 Homes Campaign.
Much of Peel Region is suburban, and so homelessness isn’t exactly as visible here as it may be in urban environments. Yet homelessness is still very much an issue!
One of the ways that homelessness manifests in Peel Region are those who find sporadic shelter whenever and wherever they can, couch-surfing with friends or family for a few nights for a while, then maybe stay at a shelter for a night, then a motel, et cetera. These are the so-called “hidden homeless,” and even though they may not be visible, they’re still vulnerable. There are as many as 50,000 of the hidden homeless across Canada on any given night.*
Much of Peel Region’s population is vulnerable to homelessness. 45% of Peel neighbourhoods are considered low or very low income areas, and more than half of residents are only one paycheck away from financial crisis.
There is only one youth shelter in the entire region, and it experiences such high demand that it has to turn away over 450 kids per year.
Yet even knowing all of this, we still need a more in-depth count of the homeless population in Peel Region to be able to eliminate homelessness. For that reason, we’ll be conducting our Registry Week from June 4 to June 10, 2016. We’ll be out all over Peel Region talking to as many homeless and vulnerable persons as we can. We’d love it if you helped out!
* Stephen Gaetz, Jesse Donaldson, Tim Richter, & Tanya Gulliver (2013): The State of Homelessness in Canada 2013. Toronto: Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press.