Mayor releases homelessness task force report

Guelph, Ont., February 20, 2019 – Mayor Cam Guthrie has released a report on the conclusions of the Task Force on Homelessness and Community Safety.

The Task Force, which Mayor Guthrie announced in his inaugural address, met twice in January and agreed on a list of five priorities that would have a positive impact on homelessness, substance use, and mental health issues in Guelph. The five priorities are:

  • Develop permanent supportive housing to house 15 chronically homeless individuals with complex needs, with 24/7 staffing to support residents with addiction, mental health, or chronic health issues.
  • Re-open a supported recovery room, which would meet sleep and recovery needs for clients for up to 72 hours. It would be staffed by a registered nurse, addiction counsellor, and peer worker.
  • Fund the Welcoming Streets outreach worker who supports individuals and businesses in Guelph’s downtown by educating, empowering, and connecting them to services and supports.
  • Re-start an addiction court support worker program, which provides an addiction counsellor for people who are in bail court and connects them to services and supports.
  • Implement system and service improvements such as expanding service hours to evenings, weekends and holidays; including peer supports in service delivery; and involving end-users in the design of services.

Discussions are now underway to secure funding for the priorities.

Resources

Report: Mayor’s Task Force on Homelessness and Community Safety

For more information

Mayor Cam Guthrie
519-837-5643
mayor@guelph.ca