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City and County of Frontenac to measure rural homelessness

March 20, 2018 -

To understand the extent of and challenges associated with rural homelessness, the City of Kingston, in partnership with local social service providers, will be surveying people in the rural area who are currently homeless or experiencing housing vulnerability from April 9 to 13 and April 16 to 20. Survey information will be recorded anonymously and a $10 honorarium will be provided to recognize participants' time and contribution to this important initiative.

"It is really difficult to enumerate people who are homeless in our rural areas. The enumeration process allows us to plan programs and services to meet their needs. This is their opportunity to be part of the solution to ensure everyone has suitable and stable housing in our community," says Sheldon Laidman, director of housing and social services for the City of Kingston.

You are considered homeless if:

  • you do not have a permanent home; or
  • you are sleeping outside or in an unsafe dwelling (i.e. recreational vehicle, hunt camp, cabin, etc.); or
  • you are couch-surfing or staying at a friend's or relative's.

A 2016 Rural Homelessness Enumeration Study surveyed 30 homeless people in the rural area of Kingston and the County of Frontenac with an average age of 38. Fifty-three per cent of those surveyed were female and 27 per cent were under the age of 15. Enumeration of homeless people is required by the provincial government and is intended to support the goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025.

Individuals and households meeting the definition of homeless can complete the survey at one of these locations:

  • Southern Frontenac Community Services, 4295 Stage Coach Rd., Sydenham
  • Addiction & Mental Health Services,  Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington, 6618 Highway 38, Verona
  • Rural Frontenac Community Services, 1020 Elizabeth St., Sharbot Lake

An enumeration of those experiencing homelessness is also required to be completed in the urban area. The United Way will conduct the urban area homelessness enumeration on Wednesday, April 11. Learn more about the urban enumeration at www.unitedwaykfla.ca/homelessness-pit-count

Are you homeless?  We can help. Find "Homeless Services" at: www.CityofKingston.ca/Housing.

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