Between 2014 and 2017, the number of homeless families in Ottawa increased by 171%. Their average stay in emergency shelters increased from 105 to 123 days. Emergency sheltering is a significant cost to the city and isn’t a viable solution to family homelessness.
Come help us change the story for families facing homelessness in our community! The VCA is a proud partner in the Vanier-Overbrook Family Homelessness Solutions Lab, a CMHC-funded research project, which hopes to reduce the flow into shelter by: preventing evictions for those precariously housed; rehousing evicted families rapidly without recourse to shelter; and finding housing quickly for newcomers to Ottawa requiring housing for their families.