Group grad­ing home­less­ness

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER - BY GREG MCNEIL gm­c­neil@cb­post.com

SYD­NEY — A new group in the com­mu­nity is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the depth of the age old prob­lem of home­less­ness.

The Com­mu­nity Action on Home­less­ness Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity was es­tab­lished re­cently to re­spond to the lo­cal home­less­ness is­sue.

“The goal is ac­tu­ally to pro­duce a com­mu­nity re­port card,” said or­ga­ni­za­tion mem­ber Christa Dicks. “What I would like to do in that is il­lus­trate what the sit­u­a­tion is in Cape Bre­ton.”

To com­pile that re­port Dicks plans to set up fo­cus groups to iden­tify ser­vices that are needed and find out some of the rea­sons why peo­ple be­come home­less.

“There are a lot of youths and a lot of young adults and a lot of older peo­ple do­ing what they call couch surf­ing and they are called the hid­den home­less.”

She said the hid­den home­less, for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons, are con­tin­u­ously mov­ing through tem­po­rary hous­ing ar­range­ments pro­vided by strangers, fam­ily or friends.

For more in­for­ma­tion phone 567-2697 or visit the Face­book page End Home­less­ness Now.

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