The call to end homelessness is a call to leadership. In virtually every community where a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness has taken root, an individual or small group of people got the ball rolling.
Are you that person? If you are, and you want some help, contact us here.
Four things you can do to end homelessness in your community
1. Learn More
There is far more to homelessness than meets the eye. The first step in helping out is to learn more. There is a wealth of information on homelessness in Canada available online.
Learn more about ending homelessness by visiting our friends at the National Alliance to End Homelessness or visit some of the Canadian cities making huge progress like Victoria, Calgary and Edmonton.
And keep checking back here for more information on how you can work to end homelessness in your community.
Canada’s charities and non-profit organizations are leading our communities’ response to homelessness. They can always use your financial support.
To find charities in your community visit CanadaHelps where you can make a donation online.
Volunteering is a great way to help out, it is also a fantastic way to meet your homeless neighbours and get a firsthand understanding of homelessness in your community.
Volunteer Canada has an online directory of volunteer centres across Canada where you can find opportunities to help out.
4. Take action
In order to end homelessness in Canada, we need our municipal, provincial and federal governments to take action. Most elected officials rarely get more than a handful of letters or calls on any subject. A call, email, letter or visit to your elected representatives, letting them know ending homelessness is important to you and must be a priority, can be very effective.
Public support is critical to ending homelessness. Help us build a national movement to end homelessness by getting a conversation going. Engage on homelessness via Twitter, Facebook, Blogs and other social media. Start by following @wearevisible and @invisiblepeople on Twitter and sharing the stories you read. Engaging the mainstream media is also important – letters to the editor in support of ending homelessness are always helpful.
Finally, the call to end homelessness is a call to leadership. In virtually every community where a 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness has taken root, an individual or small group of people got the ball rolling. Are you that person? Contact us.