Housing Initiative offers perspective on search for basic needs


What’s it like to be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless? Dundas County Housing Initiative is hosting a Homelessness Maze event Friday, March 22 from 10 am to 2 pm at the Morrisburg Royal Canadian Legion (10 Legion St., Morrisburg ON).

House of Lazarus will be facilitating the event, which begins with each attendee assuming the identity of a person who is experiencing homelessness. The maze activity will offer participants an opportunity to experience what many individuals face when navigating the “system” to gain food, housing and finances. More than 15 representatives from local agencies will be on hand to provide realistic experience for participants. 

Following the maze activity, there will be a debrief where participants will have an opportunity to discuss the various obstacles they faced during the exercise, identifying the gaps that currently exist.

“Homelessness in rural areas is often hidden. People are living in sheds, in camping trailers (year-round), in their vehicles and living rough. As a community, we are not always aware of the resources that are available to help people who are experiencing homelessness,” Cathy Ashby, Executive Director of House of Lazarus said. “The idea behind the maze is to ensure that those who directly work with people in need understand the very real obstacles, frustrations, and hardships faced by those seeking access to shelter, food and income and that they understand the resources that are available in SDG.”

Registration is required. Please contact Kristina McDermott at kmcdermott@houseoflazarus.com or by phone at 613-989-3830 to register. This is a free event. 


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