Housing and Homelessness in Peterborough: A Forum on Systemic Issues, Structural Drivers, and Solutions to Homelessness Locally



Tuesday, May 9, 2023 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST


Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Swanston Room
347 Burnham Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 1T5

Event Description

The Research for Social Change Lab and A Question of Care (QoC) are partnering to put on a forum on housing and homelessness in Peterborough, Ontario. This forum will focus on systemic and structural drivers and solutions to homelessness. This in-person event will be engaging and participative, including a strategic analysis of power to prioritize key goals, roles, and responsibilities. It will include the following interactive presentations:

Investigation Into Peterborough’s Housing and Homelessness System by Naomi Nichols and Mary Anne Martin from the Research for Social Change Lab
Research on Government Responsibilities for Addressing Homelessness and How Mid-Sized Cities Are Addressing the Housing and Homelessness Crisis Across Ontario by Lilian Dart from the Peterborough Drug Strategy
Convening Community Collaboration During Crisis by Jim Russell and Betsy Farrar from the United Way

A continental breakfast will be provided thanks to support from the Research for Social Change Lab.

The goals for this forum are:

  • To share the results of the Lab’s investigation of Peterborough’s housing and homelessness system, highlighting what they heard is working well and what needs improvement from service users and those delivering this system.
  • To receive feedback from participants on the findings of this investigation.
  • To examine specific responsibilities for addressing homelessness held by different levels of government.
  • To look at examples of how mid-sized cities are addressing the housing and homelessness crisis across Ontario.
  • To help establish new connections and collaborations between organizations, providers, and community members.
  • To provide an opportunity to ask questions and engage across disciplines and sectors.
  • To conduct a strategic analysis of power and shape key priorities and actions.


  • General Admission: $20.00*

*Plus Eventbrite’s fee.

**The cost of this forum has been subsidized by the Research for Social Change Lab. Local participants can contact us at or 705-927-3448 to apply for a bursary.**


Who should attend this forum?
This forum is designed for community members and helping professionals in Peterborough City and County who want to engage in conversation around housing and homelessness.

How many people can attend?
Registration for this event has been capped at 50 participants. If interest warrants it, we can run a second session for those unable to attend this one.

What precautions will be in place regarding COVID-19?
We will be following the recommendations of Peterborough Public Health. Details on COVID precautions will be sent to registrants one week before the forum. While it is our hope to be able to run this event, we may have to cancel it if new restrictions or issues come up.

Will food be provided?
A continental breakfast will be provided thanks to support from the Research for Social Change Lab. You will be asked for your dietary restrictions upon registering.

Is the venue accessible?
The Lions Centre is wheelchair accessible (lift and washroom facilities) and climate-controlled.

Is there parking?
There are 40 private parking spots and an overflow area, but come early as spaces can fill up fast! Street parking is also available.

Will I receive a certificate for attending?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after participating in the forum and filling out an evaluation.

What is your refund policy?
We can offer refunds up to seven days before the event. Eventbrite’s fee is nonrefundable. After this period, we can accept substitutions. If we must cancel the event, you will receive a full refund. Your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Who can I contact with further questions?
If you have an accessibility request or any other questions, please contact the QoC Project Lead at or 705-927-3448.

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Peterborough Lions Community Centre | Swanston Room
347 Burnham Street, Peterborough, ON K9H 1T5
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