No Fixed AddressNo Fixed Address is an annual summertime community event to raise awareness of the hidden homelessness of women and children in the Greater Moncton Area.
Hidden homelessness exists outside of shelters and transitional housing programs. Those who are hidden homeless may be couch surfing amongst family and friends, sleeping rough on park benches or in cars, or staying in unsafe non-residential buildings.
In Canada, it is estimated that only 20% of people experiencing homelessness use shelters; the remaining 80% are hidden homeless—many of them women and children who aren’t using shelters because of safety concerns.
While people experiencing hidden homelessness use a range of survival strategies to find places to sleep, they all have one thing in common: they have no fixed address. This means more than not having a place of your own; having no fixed address for cheques to be issued to prevents access to programs like Social Assistance.
Sponsors for our inaugural 2014 No Fixed Address event were Kent, Newco Construction, and Roadways Systems LTD. Brainworks Creative Growth and Home Depot also supported the events through in-kind donations.