Poverty and homelessness continue to grow in our community. We were in a crisis before the pandemic, now escalated through rising rents, evictions and renovictions, and increased cost of living – with stagnant social assistance rates punishing the poorest.
Unity Project emergency shelter, supportive housing and housing stability services works to end the experience of homelessness for those in our care, including those who are chronically homeless, veterans, individuals who identify as Indigenous, seniors, individuals living with a disability, newcomers, individuals who identify as LGBTQ2S+, single adults and couples, and individuals with pets.
Our services are mandated through City of London Homeless Prevention System to prioritize people with complex housing needs, specifically people with health issues, couples, and people with pets. Intake is managed through Coordinated Access.
Over the past three years, over 1000 individuals have benefitted from Unity Project’s Housing First, low-barrier shelter and stability leadership and expertise. Between April 1, 2020 and September 1, 2021, emergency shelter served 210 unique individuals, with a 32% achieved housing rate among those exited shelter, including:
3% aged 16-24
51% aged 25-49
36% aged 50-64
10% aged 65 +