An Inspiring Campaign to Solve Homelessness Amongst Canada's Military Veterans.
Like many Canadians, we have friends, neighbours and family who have bravely served in the Canadian Armed Forces. When we had the opportunity, through our friends at Hussey Consulting, to be involved with the case for support for the Veterans' House fundraising campaign, we were happy to jump in with both feet.
“We were shocked to learn of the scope of homeless veterans in our hometown of Ottawa and across Canada”
Frankly, we were shocked to learn of the extent of homelessness amongst veterans in our hometown of Ottawa and across Canada. Each year, in Ottawa alone, hundreds of veterans find themselves living on the streets after bravely serving Canada. A recent survey showed that almost 1 in 10 of the homeless population in Ottawa had served in Canada's military.
The $5 million fundraising campaign for Veterans' House is the latest initiative from the Multifaith Housing Initiative, an impressive and forward-thinking collective of 80 faith-based communities in Ottawa. Multifaith Housing Initiative is walking the talk in addressing homelessness on multiple fronts including their housing project in Barrhaven, the Haven.
When they discovered the plight of homeless veterans in Canada's capital city, they stepped forward to lead the development and eventual construction of Veterans' House. Interestingly, it will be built on lands that used to be an air force base.