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Newsletter November 4

This week, London hosted the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, bringing together those who’ve lived through homelessness, front line workers, community leaders, advocates, funders and researchers from around the world to focus on one collective goal - ending homelessness.

Crucial, eye-opening conversations took place as we heard from those with lived experiences of homelessness, Olympic gold medalist and mental health advocate Clara Hughes and Lt. Gen. Romeo Dallaire.

We know that homelessness starts in a home, in our neighbourhoods and in our communities. It’s up to us as a community to care for and offer supports for those who are on the verge of becoming homeless. We have some fantastic organizations already doing this, but there is a gap when it comes to social and affordable housing in London.

That is why we’re working with all levels of government to develop a National Housing Strategy that meets the needs of each individual community.

A choice between rent and food is a choice that no one should ever have to make. However, we know that is a reality that many face right here in London. We have a responsibility to make it so that everyone has easy access to both.

The City of London held a memorial service downtown for those who’ve died on the streets. Each and every loss is one too many.

With conferences like this, and many other important discussions taking place elsewhere, we have the ability to enact change. Our “London For All” report outlines 112 recommendations that will help end poverty within a generation.

Meanwhile, we are continuing to work towards better social and affordable housing supports. This is a national issue that needs immediate attention. In London alone there are currently 2,550 households waiting to get into a safe, secure space.

This is not something that we cannot tackle on our own. We need governments to work together.

I am confident that together we can end homelessness.

Sincerely,

 

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Mayor Matt Brown 

                                                


 
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At the Southwest Basketball Academy’s inaugural game



Newsmakers:

 

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Take Your Kid to Work Day at City Hall




 

Events and Occasions:

 

  • Manor and Highland Park War Memorial Remembrance Day ceremony

  • Pumpkin carving competition at Westmount Mall

  • Halloween in the Village

  • Lunch with a Chinese Delegation

  • Meeting with Gerald Slemko and Jack Malkin of Trudell Medical Inc.

  • Southwest Basketball Academy inaugural game

  • The National Conference on Ending Homelessness

  • Meeting with the Honourable Chris Ballard, the Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy

  • Ability First awards breakfast

  • Meeting with Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister Adam Vaughan

  • Memorial Service – London Homeless Coalition

  • London Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

  • Meet with Chatham-Kent Mayor Randy Hope and Warden George Bridge

  • Boler Mountain ground breaking for new Chalet

  • Presentation of the French Legion of Honour Medal to William “Pete” Schussler

 

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Opening the National Conference on Ending Homelessness


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Breaking ground at the site of Boler Mountain’s new Chalet

 

 

 

 







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