Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

Working within the Housing First philosophy, Homeward Bound provides street and peer outreach services, cultural supports, wellness and community resource referrals, as well as housing resources to the chronically and episodically homeless urban Aboriginal population in Hamilton.  We are both a service and a resource for other Aboriginal and mainstream organizations.  Our team is mobile, meeting individuals ‘where they are at’ –physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually—as we strive to walk alongside our clients on their journey from the street to safe, appropriate housing of their choice.

Click here to download the Homeward Bound brochure.

 

Contact Information:

To contact Homeward Bound intake, please call 905-544-4320 ext. 450

 

Funding:

HOMELESSNESS PARTNERING STRATEGY (Employment and Social Development Canada)

COMMUNITY HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION INITIATIVE (Ministry of Municipal Affairs, Ministry of Housing)

 

External Links:

Media

Hamilton’s Indigenous affordable housing gap narrows (July 25, 2017)

The long wait for affordable, accessible housing in Hamilton (June 7, 2017)

Homeward Bound: Program finds housing for homeless indigenous Hamiltonians (May 25, 2017)

The Grim Reality of Homelessness (April 30, 2015)

Project to give homeless aboriginals a place to live (March 20, 2015)

Aboriginals nearly 30 per cent of city homeless: survey (Mar 4, 2017)

 

Other Services

Mental Health and Street Outreach Team

COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team)

Social Navigator Program

 

In February 2016, the second phase of the 20,000 Homes Campaign took place.  Homeward Bound was involved in street surveys, as well as the Aboriginal magnet event at the old Beasley Community Centre.

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The 20,000 Homes Campaign in Hamilton gave us a snapshot of homelessness in our city.  The results showed 26% of the homeless individuals interviewed identified themselves as Aboriginal.

Michelle Gentle, Wendy Johnson, Yvonne Maracle and Dick Passmore interviewed homeless individuals on the street.

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