Brock University Students – 5 Days of Homelessness
This week several Brock University students have been sleeping outside for 5 Days for the Homeless to raise funds Community Care and more importantly, to raise awareness about homelessness in Niagara.
I met with this group earlier this week and was very inspired by their commitment and understanding about the challenges of poverty and homelessness in our community. Their goal is to raise $10,000 this year for Community Care’s Housing Help Program. If you’re able, consider making a donation www.5days.ca/donate.
As the sign in this video shows, 50% of homeless youth come from middle and upper income families. This means that many of the students at Brock University or Niagara College could be dealing with unstable housing or not have a place to go home to. Homelessness can happen to any of us, at any time.
In Niagara, 90% of homelessness is “hidden.” It is people who don’t have a stable place to call home who sleep on their friends couches or sometimes in their cars because they can’t find a safe, affordable place to live.
Affordable housing and homelessness are very real challenges in our community. I’m committed to addressing this growing problem with a new housing action plan which will identify ways we can work together with housing providers and developers to fill the need. It’s also good news that the new federal budget announced new funding for affordable housing and I will work with our local MP’s to make sure that St. Catharines and Niagara gets additional support.
Thanks again to these Brock student’s showing their commitment to our community this week through the 5 Days for the Homeless Campaign. This is a great example of what a compassionate city is about – taking care of each other, and taking action to make change.