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!