“That sounds really interesting…but there aren’t any homeless people around here. Not really. Right?”

I often get this response when I tell friends and neighbours what I do as a volunteer for the Compass, a foodbank and outreach centre located in Port Credit (part of south Mississauga). When folks hear I am volunteering at a foodbank, they assume I’m sorting cans of beans. They are surprised to learn that I am part of a small group focusing on advocacy related to housing and homelessness in our neighbourhood.