Since it's rare to see a person sleeping on the street in a community like Port Hope, a lot of people wonder if that means there is no homelessness here. The Homeless Hub at York University is doing a great job of answering questions like this, on their website (homelesshub.ca) and on Facebook.
Homelessness is basically invisible in our community. How do we get the message out that it really does exist even though we don't see people sleeping on park benches? - Ruth
Thanks for the question Ruth! First, I want to acknowledge that your community isn’t out of the ordinary. Most people experiencing homelessness fall under the “provisionally accommodated” category of homelessness and are what most people call the “hidden homeless.”
Those experiencing hidden homelessness are “people who live ‘temporarily with others but without guarantee of continued residency or immediate prospects for accessing permanent housing.” This includes people who are: staying with friends, family or even strangers; incarcerated with nowhere to go once released; “couch-surfing;” and living in cars, church basements, hotels, motels or hostels. Unfortunately, because these people don’t often access shelters or other housing resources, they’re not included in counts or statistics—rendering them “invisible.”
- See more at: http://www.homelesshub.ca/blog/how-raise-awareness-about-hidden-homelessness#sthash.SBvEApwD.dpuf