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The Community Council on Homelessness
Working together to prevent & end homelessness in Saint John, because real change starts at home.
The Community Council on Homelessness
Working together to prevent & end homelessness in Saint John, because real change starts at home.
The Community Council on Homelessness (CCH) is a diverse group of community organizations and government departments that works with the homeless population and those at-risk of becoming homeless. The CCH looks for collaborative solutions to homelessness and creates public awareness about issues around homelessness and housing.
A community without homelessness
Providing leadership to ensure a collaborative, well researched, and effective response to end homelessness
We strive to develop a deeper understanding of homelessness through research, consistent data collection, evaluation and open communication, in order to raise awareness of, and find solutions to, the issues surrounding homelessness. The CCH strives to ensure the best supports to those experiencing homelessness by working together to coordinate services and eliminate gaps and making sure our approach gets at the root causes of homelessness in our community.
The CCH accepts the Canadian Homelessness Research Network’s definition of homelessness, which is:
“the situation of an individual or family without stable, permanent, appropriate housing, or the immediate prospect, means and ability of acquiring it. It is the result of systemic or societal barriers, a lack of affordable and appropriate housing, the individual/household’s financial, mental, cognitive, behavioural or physical challenges, and/or racism and discrimination. Most people do not choose to be homeless, and the experience is generally negative, unpleasant, stressful and distressing.”
Our Vision:
Our Mission:
vacancy rate for 1 bedroom apartments in Saint John
average monthly rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Saint John
monthly social assistance rate for 1 person
are on the waiting list for subsidized housing in the Saint John Region
over 1,000 people
Quick Facts:
source: CMHC, Rental Market Statistics, Spring 2014
Homelessness is a multifaceted problem; it encompasses more than individuals who are “sleeping rough” (on the streets, in parks), or people who are staying at emergency shelters—although these numbers are used as proxy measures. Raising the Roof, an organization working to end homelessness in Canada, estimates that up to 80% of those experiencing homelessness are "hidden homeless" (couch surfing, living in cars/abandoned buildings, or staying in a dangerous situation for lack of other options).
Emergency shelter use is just the tip of the iceberg!
in Saint John, 1 in 5 shelter users is under the age of 24
Shifting to a Housing First approach presents an opportunity to move the focus away from band-aid solutions to interventions that get at underlying issues and prevent people from becoming homeless in the first place.  This is more cost effective and represents a shift to ending homelessness, instead of managing it.
“It’s time for Canadians to shift gears from managing homelessness to ending it”
-Tim Richter, President of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
In 2013, 338 people used an emergency shelter in Saint John.  Shelters were used a total of 10,518 times in the course of the year.
Although there will always be a need for emergency shelters, they are just one piece of the puzzle and should not be the main focus.
“Housing First is a recovery-oriented approach to ending homelessness… The basic underlying principle of Housing First is that people are better able to move forward with their lives if they are first housed. This is as true for people experiencing homelessness... as it is for anyone.” (Housing First in Canada, 2013)
of households that rent are in core housing need
of households in Saint John in core housing need, according to 2006 census data
We Can End Homelessness!