You can’t access a home without identification and you can’t get identification without a home address. This is just one of the many barriers to having a home for people who are clients of Lois Demers.

She is a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor with the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre with Algonquin and Potawatomi roots. And she has been overwhelmed with the number of people coming forward with requests for support.

“I can only go so far with my resources, my knowledge and my connections. Then we are stopped from moving forward.”

What’s needed immediately is a place to go says Demers. “People need housing – an interim shelter with safety, stability and structure until they can go into treatment.”