London's Homeless Facts

- There are approximately 1,000 homeless in our city 

- One year living on the street equals one and a half to two years of aging

- The homeless suffer from a variety of mental health issues, including depression and personality disorders

- A homeless person goes to emergency rooms on average 7.7 times over a six-month period

- 94% of homeless people have regular contact with police, compared to 40%t for those in shelters

- Of the 399 homeless people surveyed in April, 29% were Indigenous. The latest census figures show Indigenous people make up 2.5% of the city's population. 

- 7% of London's homeless were veterans.

- 58% said they'd been homeless for six months or more in the last year.

- 60% said their homelessness was caused by the breakup of a relationship.


Homeless are people too, Shouldn't you care?

 

What Can You Do?

WHEN YOU SEE SOMEONE IN NEED …

  • Smile. This person probably gets ignored by hundreds of people every day.

  • Make eye contact. It shows that the person matters.

  • Don’t give money. It’s your decision, of course, but we generally discourage giving cash. Instead, ask what their immediate need is and consider how you can help. Buy them a meal? A bus ticket? 

  • Be available to have a conversation. Some people won’t want to talk, so be sensitive. Others will be delighted to tell you their story.

  • Pray.  Ask the person if they would like you to pray for them.

  • Be wise. The majority of homeless men and women are not dangerous — they’re people just like you. It’s smart to go out as a group, use your senses as you  approach others.  

  • Inspire others. Share your story! Inspire others on social media about your experience. We would love to hear your story, so feel free to tag us on social media (Facebook @Puddi co. Instagram @Puddi_co) or email us! 

 

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