HEALING OUR WAY TO LIVING (HIDDEN HOMELESSNESS)
Locally and nationally, Indigenous individuals and families experience higher than average rates of homelessness and hidden homelessness – yet this population is often ignored. There are very few Indigenous directed and even fewer Traditional based Behavioural Health Treatment Services to address the root problems that result in homelessness and hidden homelessness.
The goal of this program is to reach the hidden homeless – the population of Indigenous adults who face issues and challenges that arise from a lack of home security. These individuals have a place to stay –with relatives or friends, in improvised dwellings, at hotels or in boarding houses – but it is only a temporary solution.
Hidden homelessness affects individuals in a number of ways and may include:
- Living in overcrowded conditions;
- Living in unsafe circumstances;
- Living in unhealthy circumstances;
- Living on very low incomes;
- Sacrificing other necessities to pay rent;
- Facing extraordinary personal crises and/or addictions; and,
- Rural Manitobans seeking medical care in Winnipeg.
These conditions are obstacles in the way of healing, changing and living freely and productively.
Eyaa-Keen’s program helps individuals heal the historical trauma, post-traumatic stress, negative experiences, pain and fear that affect their current conditions. Once participants work through the effects of trauma, they are able to access the skills and abilities they possessed all along to look after themselves, solve problems and handle finances.
Participants who have completed the program are more successful at obtaining educational and employment goals, home security and family safety.
If you or someone you know is facing these issues, please call Eyaa-Keen for more information and to access these services.