Homelessness and Poverty-reduction initiatives

Monctonians are recognizing that an increased number of people are living in homelessness or poor housing conditions. This is a complex situation, without a quick fix. Rather, a community-minded approach, with the necessary 'wrap-around' services in place to support this vulnerable population, will create the proper environment to help more citizens thrive in our great city.

"Who does what?"

This is a common question, and you'll find lots of information on this web page to sort things out (check out the FAQ section to the right). However, generally speaking, social services (including mental health and addiction support) are a provincial responsibility.

"What triggers homelessness?"

It might not be what you think... As the pie chart to the right shows, family conflict and spousal abuse make up over 35% of those living without shelter in NB.

"A vicious cycle"

Did you know? Without a Medicare card, a person can't access medical help or get prescriptions. Without an address, a person can't get a Medicare card. Without an address, a person can't get a job either. Imagine trying to improve your situation with these major hurdles!

"Organizations improving lives"

There are 11 local organizations that collaborate as part of 'HART' - the Housing Assessment Review Team - that review a client's needs, determine the level of housing support required, and triage referrals to appropriate programs. Over 150 people have been moved into improved housing situations since 2016!
More info: Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee

The City's role

The City of Moncton has been providing grants, and other types of support to various agencies that offer meals, temporary shelter, social services, etc. In 2019, the budgeted grants total $468,000.

As a pillar in its overall Social Inclusion Plan, the City has developed goals relating to Housing Choice and Affordability: https://www.moncton.ca/guides-moncton-social-inclusion/housing-choice-and-affordability.

Monctonians are recognizing that an increased number of people are living in homelessness or poor housing conditions. This is a complex situation, without a quick fix. Rather, a community-minded approach, with the necessary 'wrap-around' services in place to support this vulnerable population, will create the proper environment to help more citizens thrive in our great city.

"Who does what?"

This is a common question, and you'll find lots of information on this web page to sort things out (check out the FAQ section to the right). However, generally speaking, social services (including mental health and addiction support) are a provincial responsibility.

"What triggers homelessness?"

It might not be what you think... As the pie chart to the right shows, family conflict and spousal abuse make up over 35% of those living without shelter in NB.

"A vicious cycle"

Did you know? Without a Medicare card, a person can't access medical help or get prescriptions. Without an address, a person can't get a Medicare card. Without an address, a person can't get a job either. Imagine trying to improve your situation with these major hurdles!

"Organizations improving lives"

There are 11 local organizations that collaborate as part of 'HART' - the Housing Assessment Review Team - that review a client's needs, determine the level of housing support required, and triage referrals to appropriate programs. Over 150 people have been moved into improved housing situations since 2016!
More info: Greater Moncton Homelessness Steering Committee

The City's role

The City of Moncton has been providing grants, and other types of support to various agencies that offer meals, temporary shelter, social services, etc. In 2019, the budgeted grants total $468,000.

As a pillar in its overall Social Inclusion Plan, the City has developed goals relating to Housing Choice and Affordability: https://www.moncton.ca/guides-moncton-social-inclusion/housing-choice-and-affordability.

Did you know that the average $537/month received in social assistance leaves few (if any) options for housing, when the average 1-bedroom apartment in Moncton rents for $758 (considered unaffordable with a full-time, minimum wage salary)?

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