Housing and Homelessness


See the Person. Be Kind. Everyone has a story.

Homelessness is a complex issue with serious impacts on individuals and communities. Negative attitudes and stereotypes, or stigma, linked with homelessness hurt our communities.

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Local people who have been through homelessness have this message for our communities. 

Special thanks to the people that shared their stories as part of this initiative.

Be part of the solution

There are actions you can take today to reduce stigma and homelessness through compassion, education, and advocacy.  


  • Everyday acts of kindness and treating people with respect and dignity reduces stigma
  •  See the person and be kind
  • Use de-stigmatizing language such as “person experiencing homelessness”
  • Show your support for the See the Person Campaign by sharing the Facebook and Twitter posts
  • Reach out to a health or social service in your community and ask how you can help. Your skills, volunteer time, or a donation of goods may be needed.


 Virtual presentations:
  • organizations or businesses with 20 or more members may request a 30- minute presentation with the Nipissing District Homelessness and Housing Partnership’s Anti-Stigma Work Group by emailing tawnia.healy@healthunit.ca

Read more about homelessness and housing by visiting trusted sources such as:


Talk to your local MP, MPP, municipal council, or a municipal councillor about:

  • homelessness and housing issues in your community;
  • housing as a human right in Canada; and
  • policy solutions like improved access to housing that is affordable or housing for all, higher social assistance rates, more secure job opportunities with benefits, and a guaranteed basic income.

Vote. Governments at all levels make decisions that affect housing and income. Learn about party platforms or municipal candidates, and vote for the candidate that best aligns with your values.

This campaign was developed by Nipissing District Homelessness and Housing Partnership.

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)