The Ottawa Mission believes that EVERYONE deserves a home.

We believe that by working together, we have the power to change the underlying systemic issues that contribute to homelessness and housing insecurity in Ottawa. Together, we can make this MISSION POSSIBLE.

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Housing and Food Insecurity in Ottawa

In 2020, The City of Ottawa declared a housing and homelessness emergency

From 2020 - 2023, the number of people sleeping outside quadrupled

For every one unit of housing built to be rented at $1000 per month in Ottawa, 31 are lost

Encampments are spreading across Ottawa, and the number of fires at these sites has risen from eight in 2022 to 19 in 2023

10% of shelter clients are employed

At least one third of Ottawa's shelter population is Indigenous

Across Ontario, rental and food inflation rates increases are highest in Ottawa at 12%

90% of families accessing the Mission’s food truck program reported some level of food insecurity

A family of four spent over $1,000 more on food from 2022 to 2023

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Mission Possible is a housing-focused advocacy initiative by The Ottawa Mission that aims to address the systematic factors that contribute to homelessness in our city. It provides meaningful opportunities to create change through action-driven events, educational resources, community building and personalized support.

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