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Homelessness Increasing In Exeter

Exeter | by Peter Jackson  

Volunteers are calling on Huron County Council for help with the issue

Huron County Council has heard two calls with minutes of each other, for an emergency shelter for homeless people in Exeter.

Andrea Loohuizen represents Noah's Ark and the Community Table project.

She told Council recently, that many homeless people are forced to sleep in Elliott Park and that many of them have little or no access to resources that could help them.

Loohuizen says her Community Table soup kitchen at Exeter's Pentecostal Church served almost 75 hundred plates of food to homeless and disadvantaged residents between last September and this June.

She also says demand for blankets and clothes by those who have to sleep rough, is increasing.

Loohuizen admits there's no "magic bullet" that will help the growing numbers of homeless people in South Huron immediately.

She says it's time to map a strategy to better provide for those without a home, and several County Councillors agree that help must come from all levels of government.

A staff report is due to come before Council on the South Huron homelss issue in the coming weeks.

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