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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

By Christmas, the Saint John group hopes to found homes for 30 needy people

Key takeaways:

  • A campaign to provide permanent housing to 30 homeless people will be launched by the Saint John social services organisation.
  • According to Foote, the 30 persons given accommodation will be chosen based on their vulnerability.

Before Christmas, a Saint John social services organisation will launch a campaign to provide permanent shelter to 30 homeless people in the city.

According to Cathy Foote, an affordable housing specialist with the Saint Human Development Council, the “In From the Cold” campaign tries to address a growing homelessness problem by opening up space in shelters and offering the homeless some support through a variety of local partner organisations.

New Brunswick Housing, the New Brunswick Association for Community Living, the John Howard Society, and the Elizabeth Fry Society, are among the organisations the council collaborates withs.

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Foote told Information Morning Saint John, “It’s a personalised response in terms of providing help for people and aiming to sustain tenancies over time.”

The campaign will formally open on November 22, but there are currently more than 15 housing alternatives in the works, with a possible move-in date of December 1.

She stated that the council is still looking for landlords who are eager to provide houses and innovative housing options.

According to Foote, the 30 persons given accommodation will be chosen based on their vulnerability.

She claims that homelessness is “more noticeable” in Saint John this year and that shelters have been nearly full for several months.

Saint John group aims to find homes for 30 vulnerable people by Christmas

“It appears that more people are sleeping rough,’ as we’d put it, and in need of refuge or accommodation in some manner,” Foote said.

The initiative attempts to increase the amount of space available in shelters, particularly for persons in more difficult situations who aren’t ready for permanent accommodation.

According to Foote, about 100 people in Saint John are homeless, but 60 to 70 of them are chronically homeless, meaning they’ve been on the streets for six months or more.

She stated that the campaign would primarily focus on providing homes and assistance to this more vulnerable population.

“Those are the people who need those more intensive supports, and if they don’t have those supports, they’re more likely to become entrenched in homelessness,” she added.

“There’s also a large number of people in that category who might benefit from additional help with addictions and mental health.”

Source: CBC Global

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