Every day people impact their community in many different ways without even realizing that they have done so.
I – Inspirational
M – Movement
P – Positive
A – Action
C – Community
T – Together
We engaged people who have had experience in homelessness to weigh in with their thoughts for naming this building. It did not take long before a theme emerged.
Heartbreakingly, we have lost way too many people experiencing homelessness over the years, but one person had made particular impact on the community as a whole.
Lucy was not interested in coming into housing, she was “just fine.” After many months of being at her spot, Lucy was evicted and a metal fence was put up as a barrier to ensure that she did not return. The community was outraged that Lucy was forced to move, but Lucy relocated to Heritage Park with the few personal belongings she owned. This was not her spot but she was making the best of the situation. Sadly, in the fall of 2014 and within a couple weeks of her “move,” Lucy passed way in the public washroom at Heritage Park.
News of Lucy’s passing shocked the community and white ribbons and chalk memorials lined the alleyways leading from Dunlop St. to Lucy’s “spot” on Collier St.
Years later, Lucy’s name still comes up in passionate conversations of ending homelessness in our community and has become an inspiration to the cause. So it is no surprise that when searching for a name for our housing project that will address homelessness in our community, her peers suggested “Lucy’s Place.”
We lost Lucy, however, her memory lives on and inspires us, and through Lucy’s Place many lives will be saved.
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