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Ottawa joins Canada’s 20,000 Homes Campaign

During a week of actions from April 18 to 23, 2015, Ottawa is joining the national 20,000 Homes Campaign, a movement to permanently house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018. Ottawa’s campaign kicks off with teams of skilled professionals and trained volunteers surveying those who are homeless in Ottawa  – including those we meet on our streets, in our shelters, at our homeless drop-ins and day programs and among the ‘hidden homeless.’   These teams will come to know our homeless neighbours by name and will better understand their housing need. We know that though homeless, none are nameless.

In 2014, over 6,500 individuals experienced homelessness in Ottawa – sleeping at some point during the year at one of our community’s emergency overnight shelters. Many were there for weeks and months. Permanent, safe, appropriate and affordable housing solutions, with the support necessary to sustain them, are urgently needed.

We know, too, that over half of those in Ottawa experiencing homelessness are female, youth or members of family households – a large number who are also among the ‘hidden homeless.’ Many people in the prime of their life are often trapped in a vicious cycle.  Homelessness can happen to anyone. During our week of action, survey teams will meet those in shelters and those among our hidden homeless to better understand their needs. Our action will support a grassroots non-partisan advocacy effort to build public support for ending homelessness and political support for renewed federal and provincial investment in housing and support services. Our community has a ten-year plan to end homelessness; success depends on all of us.

On April 23, from 10:00 – 11:30 am, we shared what we heard during our Action Week at our Community Debrief – sponsored by the Downtown Rideau BIA, in partnership with the Ottawa Little Theatre.

See the survey results here (note: file size 1.7MB) and join us in working together to end homelessness in Ottawa.

Take action by signing-up for Ottawa updates on the 20,000 Homes campaign!

Housing Success Stories

Watch this space during our Action Week as we share numerous Housing Success Stories – stories of individuals here in Ottawa, who with the support of our community, are housed today. Indeed, together, we can end homelessness. Here are a few videos that shine some light on the impact housing can have

Please watch


Media / Related

Watch this space for media and related posts about our 20,000 Homes campaign Action Week – and the subsequent Call to Action.

Combating homelessness with a housing first approach – CTV News Ottawa (April 27, 2015)

Homeless and at-risk of violence – CTV News Ottawa (April 27, 2015)

Survey offers glimpse of face of homelessness in Ottawa – Tanya Kirnishni, Ottawa Citizen (April 25, 2015)

The results are in! City-wide survey puts a face to homelessness in Ottawa – United Way Ottawa (April 24, 2015)

Majority of Ottawa’s homeless population lives on the street for a year or more: Survey – Ted Raymond, CFRA News (April 24, 2015)

Ottawa volunteers unite to learn more about our city’s homeless – United Way Ottawa (April 23, 2015)

Pilot project’s Ottawa survey aims ‘triage’ city’s homeless – Tanya Kirnishni, Ottawa Citizen (April 22, 2015)

Survey of city’s homeless to help plan for community housing – Alison Sandor, CFRA News (April 20, 2015)

(Canadian) Alliance to End Homelessness aims to house 20,000 people by 2018 – Joe Lofaro, MetroNews Ottawa (April 19, 2015)

The 20,000 Homes Campaign and the Beginning of the End of Homelessness in Canada – Tim Richter, CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (April 20, 2015)

MEDIA INVITATION: Standing up to homelessness in Ottawa:  200 community volunteers survey homeless people in Ottawa – Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa (April 13, 2015)

What Housing First means and how it can solve our city’s homelessness problem – United Way Ottawa (April 9, 2015)

The 20,000 Homes Campaign: I Am… Homeless, not Nameless – AskMe Ottawa (March 17, 2015)

The 20,000 Homes Campaign comes to Ottawa – (March 16, 2015)

Partners and Sponsors

In addition to the Alliance and the 25+ programs and agencies involved in surveying during our Action Week, Ottawa’s initiative is being made possible with the generous support of numerous partners and sponsors, including:

20,000 Homes Campaign (Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness)

The 20,000 Homes Campaign will be a national movement of communities working together to permanently house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018. For more information on the campaign’s principles and the seven core elements of the campaign, visit the campaign website. Read more here.

100,000 Homes

Canada’s 20,000 Homes Campaign is inspired by the successful 100,000 Homes Campaign that took place across the United States from 2010-2014. That’s over 100,000 vulnerable Americans housed by July, 2014. Find out more here.