The Transitions of Homes
by The Nommz on March 16, 2015 - 5:15pm
Imagine a life where you cant eat three meals a day, you don’t have a warm bed to snuggle up in a night, and that every day you struggle to find a new place to sleep. This is the life of a homeless person, a life where there are no excesses and hope for a better future is non-existent. According to the Wesley institutes study on homelessness produced back in 2013 over 20,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night, and a reported 200,000 a year. These numbers don’t even take into account the hidden homeless, homeless people who live in the houses of friends and close family. 50,000 people fall into the category of being hidden homeless across Canada. According to the CBC in a report made in 2013, the majority of Homeless within Canada are “Transitional Homeless” this figure stands at 176,000 to 188,000 people. Transitional homelessness is when individuals or families have a one time homeless experience.
People transition to being homeless after loosing a job, being severely injured and cant pay bills, or gain a chronic illness. In the resent years after the recession of 2008 the number of these types of homeless people have increased. With more individuals loosing their jobs or being let go because of a disability, the burden on shelters initially intended for the chronically homeless has increased. While the numbers of homeless in general has not increased, the number of homeless staying for longer in shelters definitely has. Families and individuals who are transitional homeless are staying in the shelters intended for the care of the chronically homeless.
It is of this reason that the public must support further construction of transitional housing. Being the Majority of the homeless population, as well as the most capable to get out of their homelessness it is vital that they are kept out of the shelters in order for the more deprived to be tended to. Non-profit organizations like the “Canadian network of shelters and transitional Houses” provide a safe place for the nights ahead and get funding through donations and supplements by the government for the construction of transitional houses. Organizations like this are taking up the mantle that the government is slowly abandoning. Funding by the federal government decreases every year, and the pressure on Non profit organizations is at an all time high in these uncertain times. To prevent the Chronically homeless from starving out due to the influx of transitional homeless, the average citizen must try and do their best to either donate or help in anyway they can.