In celebration of National Housing Day in Waterloo Region, Homelessness Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG) in partnership with Wellbeing Waterloo Region (WWR) launched the ALL-IN-2020 campaign.
The campaign aims to solve chronic homelessness in the region by the year 2020. The previous Kathleen Wynne government had promised to end chronic homelessness by 2025.
Lynn Macaulay is the campaign coordinator who said the 2025 deadline was too long of a wait.
"There really is no plan B. It is completely unacceptable that people in our community are homeless for years at a time and now is really the time to change that," Macaulay said. She believes it's possible to end chronic homelessness in the region by 2020 and be the first community in Ontario to do so.
"So we think that collectively, we have enough interest in this issue that we're gonna be able to achieve our goal," Macaulay said.
Back in 2015, the southern Alberta city of Medicine Hat declared their end to chronic homelessness.
Some major figures have come out in support of ALL-IN-2020, including Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin; CEO of Swiftspace, Rob Way; and 570's own Mike Farwell.
Thanks Mike Farwell for being ALL IN! Check out today's ad in the Record to learn more about our community's plan to end chronic homelessness in Waterloo Region. #ALLIN2020WR @wrpstoday @thekwcf @hofwatreg @Lutherwood @ywcakw @oneROOFYouth @camb_shelter @farwell_WR pic.twitter.com/EXM7ODFacg— HHUG (@HHUGWR) November 15, 2018
"We are so excited that Mike Farwell is one of community champions who has come out as a housing hero," Macaulay said
The campaign aims to raise $700,000 over those two years that would allow them to house 258 people in the community. HHUG would use the money to help pay the difference between the rent and what people could afford. An additional fund would be established to partner with landlords to repair and maintain homes.
For more information on the campaign visit HHUG website.