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A Housing Champion and Team Leader – The Tyee

by ahnationtalk on October 11, 201737 Views

Remembering Don McBain, a visionary Indigenous housing advocate who helped thousands find homes.

The same week this past September when Don McBain passed away after a brief battle with cancer, construction started on the 20-unit transitional housing program in Sioux Lookout, Ont. that McBain had spent a year working to get off the ground.

With close to 100 per cent of the community’s homeless population identifying as Indigenous, McBain, executive director of Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services, brought together the municipality, provincial health authority and friendship centre to establish housing with 24-7 services and supports for people otherwise released from hospital or detox facilities into homelessness.

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