In just under two weeks at the end August, the City of Peterborough and local agencies were successful in moving 27 people from homelessness to housing.

Eleven of those people were from the overflow shelter location and the outreach done at Victoria Park, where a tent city set up this summer after the closure of the Warming Room on Canada Day.

While it’s understood that people will continue to struggle with housing instability and homelessness, the city and community partner agencies are experiencing results through the Built for Zero initiative. Built for Zero is part the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness. The goal is to make homelessness rare, brief and no-recurring by connecting the homeless with housing options and support services. The hope is to end homelessness in Peterborough by 2025.