By David Onuoha and John Wilson

Help keep Mississauga’s homeless warm this winter

In the past few months, there has been a marked increase in the number of Compass clients who have become homeless. This has been due mainly to the rising cost of rent and housing. Currently, more than 60 clients of The Compass are living in precarious situations, and 27 clients are living on the streets. With the increase in rent in the area, families and individuals are being forced onto the street.

Some newly-homeless clients of The Compass have expressed anxiety surrounding the season ahead. Many of these individuals and families do not know how they will survive this winter without a roof over their heads. The Compass clients who have experienced the harsh reality of homelessness already know that winter is a life-or-death battle and they are dreading the months ahead.

The Compass wants to help!

In June 2018, Mississauga’s City Council approved a new Rental Housing Protection By-law, which was identified as a priority in its 2016 Making Room for the Middle housing strategy. The Compass continues to work with all levels of government to increase the supply of affordable housing in Mississauga, but it will take will take months if not years for any longer-term solution to Mississauga’s affordable housing crisis.

In the meantime, The Compass wants to give Mississauga’s homeless the best possible chance of making it through the season ahead. The Winter Survival Program will give these individuals kits filled with items to keep them warm and dry. With your help, The Compass can work to provide Mississauga’s homeless people with hope for a better future.

For more information about The Compass Winter Survival Program, contact wintersurvival@thecompass.ca.

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