Homelessness Prevention

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Our goal is to end chronic homelessness in our community by December 31, 2025. Chronic homelessness is when people experience homelessness for 6 months or more in the last year.

Join Built For Zero-Ptbo (BFZ-Ptbo) as we share information about homelessness, with a different topic for the next six weeks as a part of the RoadtoZero campaign.

Updates will be posted on this page to show how we're doing.

Homelessness defined

Homelessness refers to when people don't have a safe, stable, affordable and appropriate home. When this happens, people find other places to stay that are less safe and less stable than a permanent home. The only way to end someone's experience of homelessness is with housing.

Road to Zero Week 1: What is Homelessness?

Check out the What is Homelessness fact sheet to learn about homelessness and how it affects each person differently.

Point in Time 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 that every person deserves housing that is safe, affordable, and appropriate. It helps inform the delivery of services and the development of policies around the world.

Road to Zero Week 2: What is Housing First?

Check out the Housing First fact sheet to learn how communities across the country, including Peterborough City and County, are using this approach to respond to homelessness.

Housing First recognizes that everyone should have housing that: 

  • Is safe
  • Is clean
  • Has heating
  • Has running water
  • Doesn’t require major repairs
  • Has enough bedrooms
  • They can afford (less than 30% of their income)
Housing First is focused on moving people into housing quickly. This is very different from the old approach that required clients to engage in services first.
Built for Zero 

Road to Zero Week 3: What is Built For Zero?

Built For Zero Peterborough (BFZ-Ptbo) community partners are committed to ending chronic homelessness by Dec. 2025 on the "road to zero". Learn more about Built For Zero in our new BFZ-fact sheet and discover how Peterborough is working alongside communities across Canada to end chronic homelessness.

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.

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 and Coordinated Access and By-Name Priority List

Road to Zero Week 4: What is Coordinated Access and the By-Name Priority List?

Join Built For Zero Peterborough (BFZPtbo) and check out the new Coordinated Access and By-Name Priority List fact sheet to learn how they are transforming our approach to end homelessness in Peterborough City and County.

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.

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 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.

Housing solutions

Road to Zero Week 5: What is Permanent Supportive Housing and the Housing Continuum?

Housing is the solution to homelessness. Learn more about the Housing Continuum and Permanent Supportive Housing in our new Housing Continuum fact sheet, as part of the Built For Zero Peterborough information series "Road to Zero".

The End of Homelessness 

Road to Zero Week 6: What is Functional Zero?

Explore the new Functional Zero fact sheet to learn more about homelessness and the Road to Zero campaign.

Functional Zero is a milestone a community reaches when homelessness is brief, rare and non-recurring. This means an end to chronic homelessness by December 31, 2025. This is a shared goal among Housing and Homelessness Plan partners, including Built for Zero Peterborough.