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LE.BGH 110 - Five Myths of Homelessness
LE.BGH 110 - Five Myths of Homelessness

Mon, Feb 26


Trinity Community Centre

LE.BGH 110 - Five Myths of Homelessness

This event is aimed at all who want to inform themselves about homelessness by dispelling some of the assumptions and biases we take in from the world around us that are often rooted in our own fear and discomfort, not hatred. Join us for a judgement-free discussion and safe place to ask questions.

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Time & Location

Feb 26, 2024, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Trinity Community Centre , 360 Reid St, Peterborough, ON K9H 7G6, Canada

About the event

Course Description

We know that perspectives on homelessness and housing crises are communicated in the media, in conversation with friends, neighbours, and family, and are often conflicting with one another or with what feels right to us as individuals. How do we know what to believe and what to question when we read a news article or hear a neighbour express an opinion in frustration? Sometimes we know we are making assumptions, but we don't know how to address them. 

In this event, facilitator Christian Harvey, will walk you through 5 myths that are often held by people, even well-meaning and concerned people, simply because they haven't heard stories, experiences, and facts that tell them otherwise. Christian has worked in the homelessness and housing sector for 15 years and brings a current and realistic explanation of why the following are indeed myths, and why they keep us from engaging compassionately with this very visible and urgent issue in our community. The 5 myths discussed at this event are:

  1. "Homeless people are from somewhere else."
  2. "Homeless people are lazy and don't want to work."
  3. "People become homeless because of mental health and addiction."
  4. "Homeless people can't handle their money."
  5. "People choose to be homeless."

This event will have time for discussion and questions, and we welcome people with their varying perspectives, experiences, and concerns to a respectful and judgement-free space where we can listen and learn together. 


February 26, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Trinity Community Centre

360 Reid St, Peterborough ON.

(Entrance is in the upper parking lot at Reid St and Scott St.)

This location has an elevator, but the washrooms are not fully accessible.


This course is for everyone. If you are under 16 and interested in taking this course, please attend with a parent or guardian.


Christian Harvey


Gift economics is a different way of interacting with money and understanding what something is “worth.”  In a Gift model, goods and services are not sold as they are in a market model of economics.  Rather, they are given freely with no requirement of an exchange.  We believe that the lessons and teachings we give and receive in our workshops are priceless.

At the same time, we do have needs as an organization operating within the current economic and social structures.  Therefore, all participants in our community workshops are offered an opportunity to support our work.  No one is required to give, and no amount is considered too small or too large. (Adapted From East Point Peace Academy)


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