Homelessness is still seen by many as an urban problem where it’s not uncommon to see people living on the streets of cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Halifax. The fact is not all homeless people live on the street under cardboard boxes and panhandle to make ends meet.

The Nova Scotia Housing and Homelessness Network defines homelessness as people staying “in a shelter, with friends or family, in a public place, or other site not intended for human habitation for at least 10 of 90 days.” Unfortunately, the fastest growing pocket of the homeless population today is youth ages 19 and younger.

Here at home, homelessness may not be a very visible issue in Cumberland County, but if you speak to service providers, health care and justice officials who deal with social concerns on a daily basis, you’ll quickly learn that there are folks who have no fixed address.