As the weather keeps getting colder, the Haldimand-Norfolk’s Social Services and Housing keeps getting phone calls from people desperate for a place to stay.
Homelessness is alive and well in the dual counties with some people living out on the street and many couch surfing at any home that will let them in for as long as they can.
Director Heidy VanDyk Ellis says there are many people out there who do not reach out for help and she is urging them to call.
She adds that the community can help by donating to food banks or seeing if shelters need things like hats, gloves, or coats as well.
In May, staff and community members went out to try and access the homelessness situation in the dual counties.
79 individuals filled out the lengthy survey, 54 from Norfolk and 25 from Haldimand.
There were some staggering statistics as well like five percent having a military service background and third of these individuals coming from child welfare or foster care.
Of those, half of those who were in those programs were in the system for 20 or more years.
3/4 said they had been homeless 1 or 2 times over the past year with 1/3 saying they were homeless 6 to 12 months each time.
A more detailed report will be presented to the new Board of Health shortly.