Stay in Line: People’s Experiences of Coordinated Access in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough, Ontario

In 2022, the Research for Social Change Lab at Trent University created a guide to Peterborough’s system for housing and sheltering the unhoused called “Get in Line.” This first project documented the local process for responding to an increase in housing precarity and homelessness in our community. Since then, we have been talking to people who work in Peterborough’s homeless-serving system and those who are homeless about how they experience and understand these reforms, inviting them to identify what’s working and not working for people in Peterborough. ”Stay In Line” synthesizes what we heard about how Coordinated Access and the By Name List work in practice, and why the numbers of people experiencing or at risk of homelessness here in Peterborough have only grown since the government has mandated these changes.

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