As we enter the second month of self isolation, it's clear that we are experiencing a crisis of historic proportions, one that will effect each of us in some way.
If you're experiencing homelessness today, you're facing two crises at once. Ottawa has declared a State of Emergency because of the COVID-19 pandemic. We also declared a Housing and Homelessness Emergency earlier this year.
Ottawa's shelters are overcrowded and, while shelters are doing everything they can to enforce social distancing, hygiene, and cleanliness it is more critical than ever that we do what we can to find housing for people who have no home to stay at today.
On April 8th, the Alliance to End Homelessness sent a letter to the Mayor and City Council suggesting that the City purchase hotels to provide accommodations for people experiencing homelessness. It is a good plan, and one that would not only make our communities safer for everyone during the COVID-19 lock-down, but would provide housing options for people in the years to come.
We can't do it alone. We must call on the federal government to help us with the funding required to purchase empty hotels and motels while we have women and men who have no safe housing.
Please visit here. You'll find a quick way to send a message to your local Member of Parliament on this critical issue. Please visit the site and lend your voice to protecting our most marginalized residents while helping protect our community as a whole.