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11 04, 2016

Homelessness can be solved, Blue Door Shelter director says

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Download the print-friendly PDF here. Reporter: Chris Simon Newmarket Era | Apr 08, 2016 An anti-poverty strategy that is gaining traction in other jurisdictions may be the key to solving local homelessness, says the executive director of Blue Door Shelters. Radha Bhardwaj, who runs the East Gwillimbury-based shelter for homeless or at-risk people, was pushing for a greater exploration of the Housing First initiative for York Region, during a presentation at the Newmarket Public Library Sunday. Basically, Housing First focuses on quickly finding independent and permanent housing for homeless people, then providing additional social supports and services as needed. It [...]

1 03, 2016

Homelessness growing in York Region

March 1st, 2016|Categories: Articles|

York Region homelessness growing Steve Somerville An Inn from the Cold user sits by the front entrance. Newmarket Era By Lisa Queen As Tom Johnson gathered together his belongings at Newmarket’s Inn From the Cold before facing another day wandering the streets, he talked about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child that has left him emotionally broken and led to his homelessness. “I have gone through, physically, mentally, pure living hell and to cope, when nobody’s around, I crack open a bottle of wine and I’ll sit somewhere and I’ll drink it,” he said. “I don’t have a [...]

19 01, 2016

A Door to Opportunity

January 19th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

Read the full article at United Way Toronto & York Region. Download the print-friendly PDF here. At 17, Mathew Brunning was alone, hungry and quickly running out of options. The place he had once called home was unstable; his mother struggled with mental-health issues and he constantly experienced her unpredictable bouts of anger. “When I was with my mom, the future looked dark,” he says. But, with his father in the hospital and no friends to stay with, Mathew was left with only one place to turn—the streets. Two years later, Mathew was well acquainted with the shelter system. Following [...]

1 12, 2015

Beyond Toronto’s borders, homeless means living in the woods

December 1st, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

Read the full article at CBC. Download the print-friendly PDF here. Vance Patterson knows the secret places where men who aren't ready to get help with their problems hide. He knows these desperate places, located in wooded areas outside Toronto, because he used to hide there as well. Patterson was part of the geographic shift of poverty and homelessness, moving out of the downtown core into the suburbs. As housing costs in Toronto drive people out to the suburbs, Newmarket, within commuting distance of Toronto, has become a hub of homelessness, but with few services to keep up with growing social problems. [...]

30 11, 2015

The hidden homeless in Toronto’s suburbs

November 30th, 2015|Categories: Articles|

Read the full article at CBC. Download the print-friendly PDF here. The geography of poverty in Toronto is changing. It is shifting from the downtown core to the suburbs. Ontario sees rise in seniors using food banks, report finds Toronto homeless routinely shelters at max capacity An inside look at the harsh realities of homelessness The Daily Bread Food Bank's latest report shows demand for food banks falling downtown and climbing — by 45 per cent since 2008 — in Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough. Agencies are scrambling to meet the increased demand. Though the location is different, the human [...]