Housing is a right which is why we focus on finding housing for every single client that walks through our doors. Each of Mission Services of Hamilton’s (MSH) shelters are housing-focused. Although we provide emergency shelter to men, women and children in need, our main goal is to find them safe, stable and permanent housing because everyone deserves a home.
As you’ll see in this edition of The Edge, we are here to support individuals like Patty (pg. 1 & 2), when they are unable to support themselves. But we are just a stop on their housing journey. Our system navigators, early intervention workers, transitional housing workers and our entire Housing UP! team, are here to assist each person in preparing for, finding and maintaining housing.
There are also many people who are isolated from their community and living precariously in unsuitable housing situations. By providing meals, shower and laundry facilities at Willow’s Place we allow women to save on the costs of groceries and utilities, when nearly all their income is being used for rent.
Each month we support thousands of individuals at our Good Food Centre by providing basic, healthy groceries. This is another way we can help our neighbours who are having to choose between feeding their families or paying their bills.
Without the support of community members, like you, we would not be able to continue our fight to find a home for everyone and end homelessness. You are an essential part of the housing journey too.