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Northumberland ‘Registry Week’ set to take place - Survey teams will connect with people experiencing homelessness

Posted on Wednesday April 11, 2018

Cobourg, ON – April 11, 2018 – From April 16 to 20, teams of volunteers will be at agencies, health providers, events and out in public spaces throughout Northumberland to connect with community  members who are experiencing—or at risk of—homelessness.

During this second ‘Registry Week’, volunteers will be surveying local residents currently couch-surfing, living outdoors, frequenting shelters or whose housing is at risk. This is a key component of the national 20,000 Homes Campaign in which Northumberland County is participating, and also now a mandate from the provincial government for all communities. The information gathered will be used by the County and community partners to connect people with the right types of housing services and supports.

“Surveys are based on a widely-used model that assesses each individual’s housing history, health, and current levels of risk and need,” states Lisa Horne, Director of Community & Social Services. “Throughout the week, we will be updating our by-name registry of individuals experiencing homelessness. The Homelessness Coordinated Response Team (HCRT) will then review the updated data to assign each new individual to the most appropriate lead agency, with priority placed on stabilizing the living conditions of those who require the most intensive supports.”

Volunteers are looking to speak with individuals  who are currently experiencing homelessness; a gift card will be provided to anyone who takes the time to complete a survey.

In addition to teams out walking in our communities, volunteers will be at well over a dozen facilities and events throughout each municipality of Northumberland, such as community meals, food banks and employment centres. Ongoing surveying will also take place at:

  • Northumberland County Community & Social Services, April 16-20 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg, or toll-free
    1-800-354-7050 ext. 2353
  • Durham College—Port Hope Community Employment Services, April 16-20 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), 105 Peter Street, Port Hope
  • Community Living, April 16-17, (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.), 65 Bridge Street East, Campbellford

For a complete list of survey locations, dates and times, please visit our website or call for more information.

 

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