“Everyone Deserves a Home”

 

Housing and Homelessness Initiative

In May, 2014, a study was conducted on homelessness in Flin Flon by Dr. Evelyn Peters, of the University of Winnipeg, and Shelly Craig, Executive Director of the Flin Flon Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Although many people believe homelessness exists only in big cities, it is becoming more prevalent in smaller communities. The national average of homelessness in Canada is 0.5%. The homeless population in Flin Flon is almost double, at 0.9%.
 
  • Poverty/Cost of Living
  • Inherited generational poverty
  • Addictions
  • Mental Illness
  • Fleeing violence or abuse
  • Poor Financial Management and Life Skills
  • Limited outreach and support
  • Lack of available/affordable
  • housing
  • Disaffiliation
Ending homelessness in our Community must start with a clear understanding of homelessness, the contributing factors of an individual’s homelessness, and identifying the “at risk” of homelessness. Homelessness is a continuously shifting state, and may be chronic or episodic. The homeless population is often referred to in two categories:
 

Unsheltered Homeless

  • Sleeping on the street/bush
  • Sleeping in car/tent
  • Squatting

Sheltered Homeless

  • Emergency Shelters
  • Transitional Housing
  • Couch surfers
  • Hostels/hotels
  • Institutions/Group homes
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