HOMELESSNESS REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

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(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board has released some new information regarding homeslessness in our district.

The report says that 474 people during April 21st to April 22n were without a home during that time frame.

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The people surveyed made up 63% men, and 35% women. 66% overall are Indigenous.

The majority of people were aged between 25 and 44 years old.

50.6% of the homeless were couch surfing wherever they could, while 26.6% used an emergency shelter and 10% used a transitional shelter.

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Some ideas to reduce homelessness that came out of the paper were to support addictions treatment centres, expand culturally supportive housing for Indigneous people and address services gaps in child welfare systems.

Councillor Aldo Ruberto has been pushing for the “tiny home” project, which didn’t catch the interest of the previous city council. Time will tell if the new council will help push his plan forward to battle homelessness.

This report was released earlier this week, and you can read both the report and the recommendations at the links below:

http://www.tbdssab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Enumeration-Report-Final-web.pdf

https://www.tbdssab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/REL-TBDSSAB-Point-in-Time-Count-Full-Report.pdf

https://www.tbdssab.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/RPT-2018-60-CAO-HS-Homelessness-Enumeration.pdf

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One Reply to “HOMELESSNESS REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS”

  1. The tiny home shelters are a great solution temporarily until more housing can be made available. Fill them with blankets and jackets and warm socks and snacks. But where would they be put? I think the last city council only saw it as a eye sore not a solution.

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