November 22nd – National Housing Day

Today is National Housing Day. This day was established in 1998 to help improve access to housing for everyone in Canada and recognize homelessness not as a criminal issue, but as the national disaster and threat to the people of Canada that it truly is. Like every person in the world, every Canadian has a right to a safe home.
This year, COVID-19 has reminded us of the importance of access to safe and affordable housing. Some of those hit hardest by the pandemic are our most vulnerable populations. This includes people experiencing or at risk of homelessness, and people living in group housing, such as seniors, women and children fleeing domestic violence, and people with disabilities.
Now, more than ever, National Housing Day is an opportunity to reflect on the work that still needs to be done. As our communities recover from the pandemic, we need to ensure that everyone in Canada has access to affordable and equitable housing.
We have some incredible local resources to help just that…
Empower Simcoe (link below) offers a variety of services related to housing in Simcoe County. Support is offered to community members at risk of homelessness, experiencing homelessness or experiencing rental and/or utilities arrears through the Simcoe County Regional Housing First Program or through their Housing Resource Centres.
Below you will find several links to organizations you can help out this year whether it be volunteering your time, or simply making a donation…