We find ourselves in a severe, ever-growing housing crisis in Peterborough. Our vacancy rate hovers around 1% due to a shortage of affordable rental housing for low-income citizens. We also lack permanent, supportive housing for the most vulnerable.
This situation is exacerbated by the opioid crisis and effects of the pandemic on the mental and physical well-being of all citizens. Sadly, the most vulnerable residents among us suffer most.
How can Peterborough Action for Tiny Homes (PATH) help this situation?
We have the power to change the lives of people in these situations by providing tiny transitional homes. Peterborough Action for Tiny Homes (PATH) has a plan and you can help.
As of April 2022, 317 people are listed as homeless in the City and County of Peterborough. More than half of these have acute needs, which means that their best housing solution is supportive housing.
Shelter beds, where available, are not always the answer for many people with complex needs. Our unhoused neighbours tell us that not everyone can comply with rules or tolerate the thefts and violence they witness. Shelters don’t allow couples or pets, while the lack of privacy also makes them unwelcoming. Additionally, those with addictions and mental health issues can also have trouble coping in crowded, congregate settings.
Click here to find out how we can help get some of the people out of tents and into tiny homes.
The real cost of homelessness: Can we save money by doing the right thing? Stephen Gaetz ISBN: 978-1-55014-624-0 © 2012 Canadian Homelessness Research Network Press
The numbers tell the story
It costs about $200,000 per unit of privately built affordable housing.
It costs about $6,000 to build a four-season, insulated sleeping cabin.
PATH has pledges of donations of both funds and volunteer contributions of time, services in kind and will continue these efforts.
Meanwhile, the cost of not adequately housing our poorest citizens (in health care, social services, justice systems and other funded programs) increases.