PARRY SOUND, ON-National Housing Day is attempting to reduce homelessness by providing shelter to those who do not have a home.

November 22nd is National Housing Day and the community that surrounds it, uses the day to recognize that everyone needs a place to call home.

The District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) has served almost 500 homes to the homeless last year.

At this years National Housing Day event, the committee encouraged those present to review the challenges that face those who are homeless. Some of these challenges include, 17 percent of district homelessness involve children, 47 percent of homeless have struggled or continue to struggle with addiction and 56 percent have mental health issues.

The DSSAB found that in the course of a week, there are 203 people who are experiencing or are at the risk of homelessness and the research also shows that the amount of homeless is much bigger than it appears.

Many homeless couch surf at friends or relatives and sometimes out in the bush before winter hits. The DSSAB realizes that with limited shelter options in the district, many homeless leave the area to find a different solution.

If you or someone you know is experiencing homelessness, drop by the DSSAB to learn about what can be done or call 705-746-7777.