Homelessness in Greater Moncton
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.
The Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee (GMHSC) is an inter-agency committee representing agencies in Greater Moncton that work with the homeless population and those at risk of becoming homeless.
Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee
Community Development Coordinator
Questions about the Homelessness Partnership Strategy?
Ian Gulliver, Service Canada
Homelessness Partnering Strategy
Employment and Social Development Canada
Did you know?
The community development coordinator is a federally funded role, bringing organizations and government together for one purpose: to see an end to homelessness. This group, The Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee, is a group of 24 agencies all working together to implement tested and proven procedures to end homelessness. The core of our collaborative work, will be in serving and changing the outcomes for those individuals in Greater Moncton who are chronically homeless. We have put in place a list of priorities, with chronically homeless and indigenous as our first and foremost priority. We move forward with the belief that everyone should have access to safe, adequate and affordable housing.
Do you, or someone you know need help with basic services like food or clothing, or something a bit more in depth like housing, or mental health and addiction support? Click here to connect with agencies that can help in Greater Moncton.