New Power Combined with Homelessness

by catherinegamache on April 26, 2016 - 4:44pm



Based on a report related to homelessness in Ottawa, CBC News published an interesting article on April 26th. In this article, we can learn that the number of families having recourse to emergency shelters increased compared to last year. As a result, the number of family members using emergency houses also rose. In 2014, 2,278 family members were registered compared to 2,635 in 2015; an increase of approximately 350. This number includes about 1,500 dependents, which are referred as children under 17 years old. The cost of life and housing prices are rising so this phenomenon forces some families to seek for help in these shelters. Moreover, the report of the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa mentioned that many help programs were established to try to end homelessness.  These programs actually made a difference in 2015. Even though single men are still forming the largest group of people depending on emergency shelters, the numbers have dropped. The report stated that the numbers declined from 3,046 in 2014 to 2,972 in 2015. This kind of information is very encouraging. It means that help programs are working and are actually helping the people in need. I believe that, in the 2016 context, help organizations could use the “new power” to make a bigger difference. For example, by posting some news or appealing content such as contests, activities or fundraising events, Internet users would learn more about the organization and would consequently give more money to it. “New power” can be used as a way to raise funds but also to present possible working or volunteering possibilities. Finally, as mentioned before, by having more visibility through Internet, the different help programs are getting more and more known in the community. By being more popular, citizens will be more willing to donate products such as money, clothes and food.


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