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By Name List working to house people in need

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A local tool that helps track and support people moving in and out of homelessness is working to get people housed in Nipissing District. 

During last October’s Point in Time count of homelessness, 169 individuals gave their consent to have their names added to the By Name List (BNL) and be contacted about housing and support services. 

Since that time, the list has increased to 193 people. 

To date, 37 individuals (19%) registered on the BNL have been housed, with 32 of them (17%) being from the original PiT count group. 

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Once housed, those on the BNL list become “inactive”, but continue to receive support from local agencies to help them retain their housing, and are tracked for up to a year to ensure the help received has provided long-term stability from homelessness.

“We’re very excited that the By Name List tool appears to be working well,” says Mark King, Chair of the District of Nipissing Social Services Administration Board. “The fact that the BNL is growing, even while we’re housing people, indicates that more people needing housing and supports realize this registry can work for them,” 

The By Name List has been in place since January 1, 2022. 

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