Take action this week

Food for thought: Did you know that the United Nations has declared homelessness and housing in Canada a state of national emergency?

Food for thought: Did you know that the United Nations has declared homelessness and housing in Canada a state of national emergency? Did you know that families with children are the fastest growing group of homeless citizens in our country? Did you know that poverty and lack of affordable housing are the leading causes of homelessness? These issues are real and impact us all, not just in the larger picture of Canada, but in our own community of Nelson.

This week is Homelessness Action Week in Nelson.

“The focus of the week is action,” says Katie Tabor, community co-ordinator with the Nelson Committee on Homelessness. “When it comes to addressing issues of homelessness and poverty there are solutions. Our actions, both big and small, can make a difference. One of the most powerful things anyone can do is to become more informed and to engage around the issues.”

The Nelson Committee on Homelessness is collaborating with other groups and with our community to offer a number of public events:


Youth Poster Challenge Tour

October 11 to October 16

Baker Street, Nelson

The community is invited to take in the inspiring artwork and messages of youth. Posters will display the theme homelessness, take action, and will be displayed in store-front windows on Baker Street all week. Judges, including MLA Michelle Mungall and Mayor John Dooley, will choose the winning entries. Winners will receive fabulous prizes by the local businesses sponsoring the event: Global Underground, Tribute Board Shop, Ourglass, Vadim Kristopher Hair Salon and Gerick’s Cycle and Sport.


Nelson Housing Initiative

Thursday October 13, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Baker Street, Nelson

ANKORS presents the Nelson Housing Initiative: “For rent cardboard houses in downtown core, market prices. If you are looking to rent, or you have a cardboard box for rent, bring it with you. Let’s solve the housing crisis!” For further information contact Chloe at ANKORS.


Salvation Army Open House

Friday October 14, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Salvation Army Community and Family Services, 601 Vernon Street, Bottom floor

Join the Salvation Army for information sharing, a light lunch and a meet and greet. For further information contact Yvonne at the Salvation Army.


All Candidates Community Forum

Friday, October 14, 5 to 7 p.m.

Hume Hotel, 422 Vernon Street

Join municipal candidates for a beverage, appetizer and thought provoking discussion around the issues. Topics include: youth poverty, homelessness, food security and employment, living wage. This will be an interactive reverse forum, moderated by Rona Park, Homelessness Action Week 2011 honourary chair. This is a barrier free, no cost event. Presented by the Nelson Committee on Homelessness and the Social Planning Action Network.