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South Huron Coalition Wants More Done About Homelessness

South Huron | by Peter Jackson  

Spokesperson for coalition approaches Huron County, saying resources stretched thin for homelessness in South Huron.

A coalition of agencies and churches in South Huron is calling on Huron County, to coordinate a response to the growing issue of homelessness.

Heather MacKechnie was one of several people to address Council Wednesday, calling for a response to those in need.

She says while a number of churches and agencies try to meet the needs of homeless people, their resources often don't match the demand.

MacKechnie also says the County also needs to look at the lack of affordable housing.

She adds that many homeless people are trapped in their situation, because they can't provide a permanent address or phone number when they apply for a job.

MacKechnie says that without a permanent home, people cannot apply for Ontario Works benefits or long-term disability payments.

She believes social organizations need to work with the County and its nine municipalities, to come up with innovative ideas that will help the homeless across Huron.

Council is calling on a staff report, to assess the homeless situation in Exeter.

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