October 15, 2021 10:51 a.m.
Bruce County will get an overview of the homelessness situation in the region. The Bruce County Department of Social Services will conduct a homeless census on Monday, October 18.
Volunteers and community organizations will identify the homeless and guide them through an anonymous survey. Bruce County wants to hear from those who sleep rough, surf on their couch, or are temporarily housed. An anonymous survey is available at a number of key centers on October 18.
The survey is part of the mandate of the Ontario Ministry of Housing. The enumeration also collects demographic information using a standard set of questions.
“The homeless count is a way to gather information on the number of homeless people, the services they currently use and potential gaps in services,” says Christine MacDonald, director of social services, “This information will help Bruce County create a strong housing response system for vulnerable residents.
Volunteers will be available to answer questions and help connect people with available supports. Anonymous feedback and the information gathered can help improve housing and roaming services in Bruce County.
Director Janice Jackson adds, “Bruce County is committed to planning, providing and advocating for tailored services that help individuals and families improve their level of participation and quality of life in our communities. Bruce County strives to provide accessible services that remove barriers and create opportunities.
On October 18, surveys will be available at Penetangore Hub (Kincardine), Lakeshore Hub (Port Elgin), Peninsula Hub (Wiarton), Salvation Army (Wiarton), The Meeting Place (Tobermory) and Bruce County Administration Center (Walkerton).
Call 1-800-265-3022 to help you identify your nearest hub.