All you have to do is look beyond the trees in Belleville to see the tents.
For those working on the frontlines to help end homelessness, like Deborah Pike, the Grace Inn Shelter and long term affordable housing supports can’t come fast enough.
“We have 90 people living in tents around Belleville,” said Pike. She created the Not Alone Team Quinte group last fall to provide meals and supports to the City’s most vulnerable.
“There is a big homelessness problem in the City,” she stated. “It’s definitely growing. The rent prices are going from what used to be $1,000 a month to $1,500 a month and people can’t afford that. People aren’t renting to those on Ontario Works or on ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) and they can’t afford to live.”