Family Homelessness Lab Progress Report
When a family loses their home, it has significant impacts that can be multi generational. In June 2020 there were 350 Families in Ottawa who were experiencing homelessness. Approximately 50% are refugee or new immigrant Family and 50% are from Ottawa and have become homeless. New statistics will be reported in spring 2021.
Homelessness is best resolved by not allowing it to happen in the first place. Many families are under increasing stress as a larger share of their income is used for housing (income has remained the same but cost of housing is increasing).
Complicating matters even more, the rate of creation of affordable housing units is lower than demand/need (as evidenced by the everincreasing size of Registry and Wait Lists in Ottawa). The Family Homeless Lab partners have decided to pursue a number of inter-related initiatives using prototype testing with limited sample sizes in a no-risk to participating families, low-cost to project funders experimental framework over the next few months beginning in May 2021.