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Transition from Homelessness – Community Discussion – “Changing Systems”

In 2019, with funding provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we established a Community Advisory Board consisting of individuals with lived experiences of homelessness, service providers and leaders in Kingston, Ontario. This Community Advisory Board worked together with researchers from Western University to conduct a stakeholder consultation

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Transition from Homelessness Project – Kingston Site Presentation

In 2019, with funding provided by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), we established a Community Advisory Board consisting of individuals with lived experiences of homelessness, service providers and leaders in Kingston, Ontario. This Community Advisory Board worked together with researchers from Western University to conduct a stakeholder consultation

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Opinion: Encampment protocol or eviction protocol? Kingston must adopt a human rights approach to tent cities

The following is a submitted Op-Ed. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Nearly one year ago, Belle Park became the epicenter of the homelessness crisis in Kingston. With rising COVID-19 case numbers, declines in shelter capacity to accommodate social distancing, and stringent isolation

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Letter: Kingston’s homeless population deserves better

The following is a submitted letter to the editor. The views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of The Kingstonist. Our neighbours, who declared they’d had enough of dysfunctional shelters, bug ridden housing, and support services which are disjointed and not supportive, took their well-being into their own

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Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation donates blankets to those in need

The current pandemic has highlighted a lot of need within our community, prompting Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation to act. An organization which aims to encourage and promote the diversity that makes Kingston such a great place to live, Canadian Colours Kingston Foundation (CCKF) has created a new, annual event in

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St Andrew’s looking to repurpose church manse to address housing crisis

The historic manse building belonging to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at the corner of Queen and Clergy streets in downtown Kingston may be a viable option amid the affordable housing shortage in the city. According to a release from the church, dated Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, the Session (governing board)

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Province has sent Kingston $4.6 million in Social Service Relief funding since April

The Ontario government announced the payment of its third installment of COVID-19 Social Service Relief Funding on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. Kingston has received approximately $4.6 million through this program since April 2020, part of a $510-million relief package distributed to municipalities and Indigenous community partners province-wide. Ruth Noordegraaf, Director

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Province, City partner to build ‘village’ of tiny homes for Canadian veterans

The Ontario government is providing $200,000 and support for the transfer of an acre of local land to help create up to 25 tiny homes for military veterans experiencing homelessness. Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries stopped

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‘Unforeseen challenges’ mark the transition to new Integrated Care Hub on Montreal Street

Though the doors are open, work remains to be completed at the City’s new Integrated Care Hub (ICH) at 661 Montreal St. The facility moved from Artillery Park to its new location on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020, and several interior and exterior projects are still on the go. According to

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City responds to questions on Belle Park eviction

The City of Kingston has responded to questions regarding the forced eviction of Belle Park residents on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Robert Hosier, Communications Officer for the City of Kingston, provided the following responses to the Kingstonist via email. 1) At what point and by whom was

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