The Homes We Need
A Place for All in Mississauga-Lakeshore
It’s no secret that housing prices are through the roof in Mississauga.
For many living in poverty, Mississauga-Lakeshore has simply become too expensive, with even the cost of renting a room beyond reach. Some who call our community home are being priced out of the area, and fast. Rates of homelessness continue to rise.
Where does this leave our Compass clients? This winter, it left some of them seeking overnight shelter from plunging temperatures in neighbourhood churches through the “In from the Cold” program. Read more about the first year of In from the Cold here).
Emergency shelter programs such as “In from the Cold,” while vital, are not acceptable long-term solutions to the affordable housing crisis. Everyone needs a place to call home. And those who make their homes in Mississauga-Lakeshore should be able to stay here—regardless of their income.
What You Can Do
In October 2019, we’ll head to the ballot box to choose our next federal government. Plan to tell your Mississauga-Lakeshore candidates that you support a place for all in our community. Help make the right to affordable, safe homes a key issue in our federal riding this election.
Over the coming weeks leading up to the election, be sure to check back here for resources and opportunities to engage, including:
• Facts sheets about housing, homelessness, and poverty in Mississauga
• Stories about how a lack of affordable housing options in our community affects us
• Sample scripts you can use to help ask candidates about housing and homelessness
• Advice for participating in all candidates’ meetings
• Petitions and other opportunities to engage
Mississauga-Lakeshore needs a real plan—one that’s going to boost the supply of affordable housing, protect existing affordable rental stock, and put our residents first, regardless of their income levels.
Say to our Mississauga-Lakeshore federal candidates: these are the Homes We Need! Our combined voices have a greater impact when we speak and act together.
We Believe in Housing First
Homelessness has long been tackled using a staircase model: move through different stages of
temporary accommodation (including homeless shelters) as you get your life back on track, with a
permanent home as the ultimate reward.
The Compass believes that we all need the secure foundation of a permanent home, and supports
housing first approaches to alleviating the affordable housing and homelessness crises. Housing first
prioritizes moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing and
then providing additional supports and services as needed. The Housing First principle recognizes that
the steps to recovery, different for each person (for example, mental health support, getting a job,
addiction management, education), are made more difficult by a lack of housing.
Under housing first principles, “[h]ousing is not contingent upon readiness, or on ‘compliance’ (for
instance, sobriety). Rather, it is a rights-based intervention rooted in the philosophy that all people
deserve housing, and that adequate housing is a precondition for recovery.” (from Housing First in
Canada: Supporting Communities to End Homelessness)
For More Information
• The Housing First approach to ending homelessness
• Reaching Home, the federal government’s 10-year plan to reduce chronic homelessness by 50 percent.