Huron County welcomes housing advocate

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HURON COUNTY – Another step towards ending homelessness in Huron County has been taken with the hiring of a new housing advocate.

The announcement comes as part of ongoing efforts to address the issue of chronic homelessness in Huron, by the county and United Way Perth-Huron (UWPH).

“We have been working hard with our partners to get to this point,” said Huron County Warden Jim Ginn.

“To be able to announce this hiring is a testament to the passion and commitment of the Huron community to address homelessness locally.”

The press release said in 2016 the county created the Huron Turning Point Residence, a transition home for men in Exeter, and continues to fund the peer support work and support services for all clients using this program.

Last year, UWPH helped raise funds for three additional beds at Huron Turning Point, along with continuing to help provide prevention and support services for youth and women. UWPH is also working on longer-term solutions through basic income and living wage advocacy and a hub/supportive housing feasibility study.

The Housing Advocate works with tenants and landlords to ensure the best possible housing outcomes for those experiencing homelessness and works with tenants to find the supports they need, so their tenancy is successful and tp help landlords develop and maintain relationships.

In 2018, Huron County conducted a homeless enumeration where over 100 people identified themselves as experiencing homelessness. However, over 80 per cent of homelessness is hidden, meaning many more local people are coping with this challenge.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times