Hope at Home: Addressing Our Housing Crisis Together

Homelessness Isn't Always Visible​

Home is where you belong. More than simply a place to sleep, it’s where you have privacy, where you can relax, where you feel comfortable and safe.

Too many people don’t experience home. Instead, on any given night about 35,000 Canadians experience homelessness. We sometimes notice people hunched in doorways and alleys or sleeping in tents. Less noticeable are the people staying in emergency shelters or couch surfing. Then there are many more people who don’t show up in official homelessness statistics—people whose economic or housing situation is precarious or whose housing does not meet public health or safety standards (many rooming houses, for example). Homelessness is about more than a place to sleep; it’s about a lack of housing security.  Read More >

Why Indwell's Model is so Effective

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What you can do

  • Call attention to the affordable housing crisis 
    Write to politicians and/or political candidates at all levels of government to begin a conversation
  • Build your understanding of poverty-related issues both generally and where you live (search “housing and homelessness” to see priorities already established in your city)
  • Write letters to the editor for your newspaper in support of affordable housing options
  • Walk alongside/advocate for someone who could use support in navigating the systems
  • Share social media posts of local poverty advocates and housing providers
  • Give to charities that provide affordable housing supports in your city

    Regular monthly support enables organizations to provide services without interruption

  • Encourage others to donate

Click Here to donate to Indwell

  • Match your skills with the needs of housing agencies

    Ask how you can participate in their programming

  • Apply to sit on your local housing/homelessness coalition or committee

Click Here to find volunteer opportunities at Indwell

  • Pray
  • Practice hospitality
    Include people living in poverty within your circles
  • Increase the supply of affordable housing
    • Take in a boarder for a reasonable rate
    • Build a legal secondary unit if you have the space
If you are a landlord:
  • Charge reasonable rent
  • Ensure units are well maintained and secure

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