Nearly a thousand delegates from across the country are coming together in London for the National Conference on Ending Homelessness.
The annual event runs from November 2 to 4 at the London Convention Centre. More than 110 Londoners are registered, 25 of whom have experienced homelessness here and have been sponsored by the City to attend.
“These are our leaders, front line folks, people with lived experience from across the country coming to work together, share knowledge, share insight to look at solutions to end homelessness,” said City representative Jan Richardson.
“There is no doubt that having the conference in London means that we as Londoners benefit from the learning.”
The conference is the largest to address homelessness in Canada and is organized by the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness.
According to their website, the conference “arms policy makers, funders, researchers, advocates, community leaders and front line workers with the inspiration, information, tools and training they need to end homelessness.”
Keynote speakers includes Minister of Housing and Minister Responsible for the Poverty Reduction Strategy Chris Ballard, retired Senator and Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire, Minister of Status of Women Patty Hajdu, six-time Olympic medalist and mental health advocate Clara Hughes, former homeless youth Joe Roberts, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness Nan Roman, Co-chair of the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness Roy Romanow, and Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Commissioner Dr. Marie Wilson.
The conference program includes 60 one and a half hour sessions organized into seven streams that include leadership, planning and practice, Indigenous homelessness, women’s homelessness, among others.
This is London’s first time hosting and it’s projected to inject about $800,000 into our economy.