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The County of Essex manages the Housing with Supports Program that helps adults find long-term housing when they have a low income but need help with daily living. Many of these people have experienced homelessness before moving into a Housing with Supports Home.

The City of Windsor is the Service Manager for other housing services in our area, and they have approved a 10 year housing and homelessness plan. The plan identifies the housing challenges in Windsor-Essex, evaluates how housing and homelessness programs are currently delivered, and puts forward actions aimed at meeting the housing and support needs of all residents.

There are many programs in place to prevent homelessness, and to help people become housed quickly, including:

"Everyone Counts 2016" - The Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County 

Our community will be conducting the first ever Point in Time (PiT) Count in conjunction with the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness', '20K Homes Campaign' in the first quarter of 2016. This is a national, coordinated count that will happen in communities all across Canada in this same time period. We are targeting the month of April for the Windsor/Essex 'Everyone Counts 2016' events and requesting support from both the public and private sectors to help us make this event a success. This will be determined by the depth of conversations and amount of tangible data collected from this vulnerable population. As it will help local programming and secure government support moving forward.

The Homeless Coalition of Windsor Essex County will be leading the PiT count with the assistance of a consultant who will coordinate our two synchronized local events. A PiT count serves two functions:

  • To count the number of people experiencing homelessness in Windsor and Essex County to determine the extent of the situation.
  • To gather demographic/health information on this community so that we can better assist with their needs and ultimately help them find a permanent home.

Volunteers are needed for this important initiative. Please see the attached flyer for more information about how you can help.