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Monday, January 11, 2016

Simcoe Joins Homeless Campaign

Midhurst | by Ken Hashizume  
Volunteers will hit the streets to survey the County's homeless residents.

There is a national campaign underway to get 20,000 homeless people off the streets.

The County of Simcoe is one of 30 communities in Canada who will be participating in the campaign which starts this Wednesday January 13th and continues until January 20th.

The aim is to get 20,000 people into homes by July of 2018.

The County's Program Supervisor Irena Pozgaj-Jones says the campaign is a call for action to raise awareness about homelessness.

She says the local campaign is being run by the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness.

Pozgaj-Jones says this is the first time that the County is doing this and they don't how many of the 20,000 will be in Simcoe County.

She says they will be trying to reach as many people as they can and the survey information will be helpful when planning for services inthe community.

Pozgaj-Jones says people have a typical image of homelessness especially in urban centres.

She says there is something called "hidden homeless" where people are either couch-surfing or staying with friends and it is not as visible as someone living on the streets.

The campaign will see volunteers paired with crisis workers to approach homeless people in the County and ask questions about their physical and mental health, problem with drugs and alcohol, and other issues.

The data collected during the campaign is expected to be released by the end of the month.



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