Many people think homelessness is a “big city” issue. People are sleeping on the streets in places like Toronto and Vancouver, not in Moncton, Dieppe or Riverview.
The reality is that “homelessness” takes many forms, from those who are absolutely without any place to call home — and many people in Greater Moncton are, indeed, sleeping in doorways, in shelters, under bridges — to the so-called “hidden homeless” — young people, for example, who “couch surf” from one friend to another — to those who are living in unsafe, unaffordable housing.
A major study carried out in Canada in 2007 found that poverty is the leading cause of homelessness in Canada, and that roughly half of all Canadians believe that they might be poverty-stricken if they missed one or two paycheques. No doubt, the causes of homelessness are multiple and complex. The issue affects us all.
The Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee was established in 2000 to bring together agencies that work with the homeless and those at-risk, and to put the issue on the public agenda. This year, we are working with all levels of government on a “housing first” strategy that meets the needs of our province's most vulnerable citizens.
Get involved in the homelessness issue in Greater Moncton!
To volunteer or make a donation, please contact one of the
For more information on how to contribute to GMHSC or one of its member organizations, send us an e-mail at: Moncton.Homelessness@gmail.com