Solution to Indigenous homelessness in St. John’s about more than shelter, say housing advocates – CBC

Mar 15, 2022

Indigenous people in St. John’s are twice as likely to be homeless compared to rest of population

Indigenous people living in St. John’s are more than twice as likely to experience homelessness as non-Indigenous people, but housing advocates say the solution is more complicated than just finding more shelter space.

Leanne Jesso is the housing coordinator for First Light Friendship Centre, where since August 2020 they’ve helped 108 individuals and families find or maintain housing.

“We do support a lot of people in the community, and we have recognized the demand again for safe, secure housing, where a lot of people’s needs are not being met,” Jesso said.

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