Homelessness must be addressed by all levels of government, says Brockton mayor

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BROCKTON – Mayor Chris Peabody is apprehensive about what’s going to happen with housing prices after COVID-19.

Among the unanticipated consequences of the pandemic was the growing realization that working from home meant working from anywhere. People from the city started buying homes in this area, bumping up prices beyond what a lot of local people can afford. Encampments of homeless people began to appear, not only in the city.

Peabody said he shudders to think what’s going to happen “when people with jobs can’t afford houses.”

The situation is something that’s going to affect the whole area. To deal with it, “all three levels of government are going to have to make a concerted effort,” he said.

At this week’s meeting of Bruce County council, Peabody said the human services committee has an agenda item involving the hiring of an outreach worker.

Bruce and Grey counties partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2020 to form a housing response table in response to the increased need for housing support.

Additional support is needed. The outreach worker would work with families and individuals waiting for housing, and to ensure housing is permanent.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times