Legion Hosts Homeless Veterans Forum

OTTAWA, ON, April 11th, 2014 – The Legion is hosting the first Homeless Veterans Forum which is being held at Legion House in Ottawa, between April 15 and 16, 2014. It is still a tragic problem in Canada that Veterans, who have served our country, protecting our freedoms, find themselves in very dire circumstances.

“More than 60 participants from across the country are scheduled to take part in this two-day forum focused on homelessness among Canada’s Veterans by discussing the need for a coordinated, national strategy to address the issues facing homeless Veterans,” says Legion Dominion President Gordon Moore.

The forum will include subject matter experts in the field of health care and service providers from Veterans Affairs Canada, shelters and community organizations as well as Veterans’ service organizations.  Together, it is hoped to identify priority areas and gaps in several key areas including causes of homelessness, outreach and communication, services and programs, accessibility and coordination of effort.

In 2012 The Royal Canadian Legion launched the National Homeless Veterans Program: Leave the Streets Behind.  The program’s mission is to reach out to homeless Veterans, or near homeless Veterans, by providing immediate financial assistance and support when and where needed. It also connects them with the appropriate social and community services to establish a long term solution to meet their needs.

To date, the Leave the Streets Behind program is operated in Ontario, British Columbia/Yukon, Alberta/North West Territories, Nova Scotia/Nunavut Commands, and was just launched in New Brunswick Command this past March.

For further information please contact Bruce Poulin at Dominion Command, The Royal Canadian Legion, at 1-613-591-3335 ext. 241 or by cell at 1-613-292-8760 or bruce.poulin@legion.ca.