Project to give homeless aboriginals a place to live

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By Carmela Fragomeni

A “housing first” program is expected to give Hamilton’s homeless aboriginals a real chance at a stable and long-term place to live.

The project, Homeward Bound: From Homelessness to Community,” kicked off Friday at the Hamilton Aboriginal Homelessness Symposium.

The project — just like its counterpart programs helping other homeless populations — will start by finding a person a home. Once housed, myriad community agencies and supports will be tapped so homelessness doesn’t reoccur. This means the person will get physical and mental health assessments and be referred to the appropriate help required. Connections to community supports and agencies that provide food, furnishings and clothing will also be provided.

The final step is to get the person involved in the community.

“Those who are chronically and episodically homeless will have a case manager,” explains Constance McKnight, executive-director of the De Dwa Da Dehs Nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre and Homeward Bound leader.

She said the project gives the homeless hope.

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Article source: The Hamilton Spectator

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