This past winter was rough on everyone, but especially for those who are without secure housing. The threat of plummeting temperatures and bone chilling wind is not always enough to bring people who are homeless into shelters or Out of the Cold Programs.
This was the case for a chronically homeless, middle aged woman in southern Niagara. Through her steady use of Salvation Army services and the trust built with the Niagara Mobile Outreach Worker, this individual was brought to a shelter and supported by a one-on-one relationship with the worker to obtain an apartment that could be subsidized through the Housing First Program in partnership with Gateway Residential & Community Support Services.
The collaboration of community supports was vital in this woman’s success. Because of programs such as ODSP, the Housing Stability Fund, Matthew 25 in Welland, the YWCA and Salvation Army’s Mobile Outreach Program, this woman has a roof over her head that she can call home.