A message from the Premier of Ontario

Why are there homeless veterans?

Veterans have served and sacrificed in countless ways, yet circumstances beyond their control have left many of them without stable and affordable housing.

Veterans often end up homeless for a range of reasons, which include a lack of affordable housing, poverty, health problems, job loss or instability, and family and marital breakdowns. Veterans are also likely to experience problems with alcohol and drugs as they deal with the loss of identity and camaraderie from their military life.

Helping Homeless veterans

Our heroes served and put their lives on the line. It is unacceptable that any veteran should find themselves homeless. This is a solvable problem – and as Canadians, we have a duty of care to help bring homelessness among veterans to an end.

On average, 4.4% of people experiencing homelessness in Canadian cities are veterans

The type of support most frequently requested by homeless veterans is permanent supportive housing

*2021 Ottawa PiT Count

Infographic Source

Veterans’ House: the Andy Carswell Building, Canso Campus, Ottawa

The Andy Carswell Building is Canada’s first residential complex purpose-built exclusively for veterans. It comprises 40 bachelor units for veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.