Homelessness Prevention

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We work with local agencies to develop new ideas that will help us address and prevent homelessness.

20,000 Homes

20,000 Homes was a Canada wide campaign to house 20,000 of Canada's most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in 20 communities by 2020. A group of Peterborough agencies joined the campaign on behalf of Peterborough in late 2018. On March 6, 2019 the campaign met and exceeded its national goal of finding housing for 20,000 people. You can read more about the outcomes of the campaign online.

Built for Zero

Built for Zero is a Canada wide campaign that was launched after the success of the 20,000 Homes campaign. It helps communities across Canada to continue the work toward end chronic homelessness. Peterborough's Built for Zero team meets every other week to talk about ways to improve Peterborough's response to homelessness. This team includes representatives from agencies who work daily with people experiencing homelessness in our community.

Coordinated Access System

In 2018 a group of local agencies designed the Peterborough Coordinated Access System. The goal of the system is to prevent and reduce homelessness and provide streamlined access to available supports. This approach will help us progress towards our goal of ending chronic homelessness. The new system launched on April 1, 2019.

By-Name Priority List

A By-Name Priority List is a key component to a Coordinated Access System. The list helps us know everyone in our community experiencing homelessness in our by name. Using the list we can help ensure that everyone has equal access to the services and supports available. No one will be left behind.

Homelessness Count

Every two years we count the number of people experiencing homelessness. This helps us understand the supports needed to assist those in need. We use the information we collect to help plan services and measure our progress towards ending homelessness. The United Way partners with us to complete the count.

Starting on March 20, 2018, volunteers spent four days counting the number of people experiencing homelessness in the City and County of Peterborough. The two-page summary highlights that at least 259 people were found to be experiencing homelessness in Peterborough that week. The full report talks about what we learned about homelessness in our community. It is called “A Roof Over My Head”.

Housing First

Housing First is a philosophy that guides our service system. It states that housing is a basic right for all humans and the first step towards housing stability is finding housing. Housing First programs provide supports from a variety of agencies to help people keep their housing. We believe that the Housing First philosophy will help us meet our goal of ending chronic homelessness.