In 1998, the Big Cities Mayors’ Caucus of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) declared homelessness a national disaster and soon after, it was declared that November 22nd was National Housing Day across Canada.
In Edmonton, we consider November National Housing Month. A time to focus our efforts with many agencies across Edmonton to bring awareness to the need of safe, affordable housing and strategies to end homelessness in our City.
Affordable housing is the foundation for stable, healthy communities. It supports people, improves our neighborhoods and strengthens our economy. Safe, secure, affordable homes give individuals and families the opportunity to build a better life. This is why affordable housing is a top priority for so many organizations throughout the Edmonton region.
It is so much more than just a roof overhead. Home provides stability, supports families, builds communities, encourages personal growth and improves lives. A safe, secure home is the foundation for someone to build a better life.
How can you help?
Reach out to elected officials. From every level of government, let them know that housing and ending homelessness are very important issues to you, and that you are paying attention to the actions they are taking to address them.
Donate. Help local organizations that are working on the frontlines to end homelessness and provide safe. affordable housing. Organizations like Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Bissell Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, GEF Seniors Housing, Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) could all use your financial support.
Volunteer. Although COVID-19 has had a significant impact on opportunities to volunteer, there are still safe ways to help a number of organizations through Volunteer Alberta. Or reach out directly to Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Bissell Centre, Canadian Mental Health Association, GEF Seniors Housing, Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) and see how you can help.
Join the conversation. The need for housing and action on ending homelessness doesn’t end when housing month is over. Raise your voice, share your opinions and help keep the conversation going on social media. Remember to use #YegHousingMonth and #WeCanEndHomelessness when posting to social media.
To learn more about the activities and learning opportunities throughout the month, please visit: housingmonth.ca.