In early 2019, a series of robust discussions and consultations with community partners helped to identify key areas of need in the city. One of the primary concerns that was identified was multivariate levels of economic poverty, including homelessness and home insecurity. Deeply connected to the reality of poverty is the need for housing.
One expert on homelessness, Iain DeJong, asserts, “The only known cure to homelessness is housing.” Accordingly, One Thorold struck a “Housing Committee” to explore “housing first” options within the community of Thorold. From the summer of 2019 onwards, the Housing Committee began meeting and further consulted with community partners, leaders, and experts to explore housing models, needs and options.
Together with community partners, provide suitable, adequate and affordable housing in Thorold for those in core housing need.
A caring and inclusive community where affordable housing and supports are available to all.
KEY AREAS OF FOCUS
- The provision of housing to the ‘ homeless’ and single parent families without housing, under the “housing first” model with the addition of supports on-site and the intention of developing a community/family environment.
- Working with local partners and government to ensure/provide housing for lower income earners who can’t afford homes in competition with student housing and the influx of home buyers from higher value areas.
what is the
HOUSING FIRST MODEL?
‘Housing First’ is a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness that centers on quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and then providing additional supports and services as needed.