Over the next three weeks, Hamilton will have the opportunity to tackle homelessness and tell the federal government that we need a National Housing Plan!
More than 230,000 Canadians are homeless – including 3,100 who stayed at a shelter here in Hamilton (and that doesn’t include violence against women shelters)
Next week, the City of Hamilton along with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness are partnering on an important project called 20,000 Homes. The aim of the project is to help put a name and face to those who experience homelessness in our community and advocate for new housing investments and supports. 200 community members have volunteered to help survey homeless individuals who are often forgotten by decision makers – so that their stories can be told.
A Community Report-Back event will be held next Thursday, April 30th at City Hall Council Chambers – at 1:30 pm
A few weeks later, on May 13th, Hamilton Organizing for Poverty Elimination and community partners will be hosting a important community conversation with well known housing advocates, Michael Shapcott from Wellesley Institute and Hamilton’s Katherine Kalinowski, along with Speak Now Hamilton member Katrina Gervais.
We hope you can join us and help send the message that Everybody deserves a Home!
Hamilton Public Health Services along with Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board and the Hamilton Roundtable for Poverty Reduction are very pleased to make available: “Learning About Income Disparity in Hamilton, Ontario” for use in Hamilton classrooms. This project would not have been possible without all of the project partners involved n the creation of this unique teaching tool.
We hope this resource will raise awareness amongst Hamilton students so that over time, a shift in attitudes about poverty and income disparity will have a positive effect on all of Hamilton’s citizens.
Putting important issues on the table
We are very pleased that our first official partnership with Hamilton Community Legal Clinic was hosting a dialogue with the candidates running for mayor in the upcoming municipal election. This event was on September 22nd at the Central Library. It was an outstanding opportunity to engage the candidates on a number of issues – including housing, living wage, social assistance and building an inclusive Hamilton. Over 100 people filled the room and participated in roundtable Q&A — the volume and interest were both high and by all accounts it was a successful night of conversations with the mayoral candidates.