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March to bring awareness to housing crisis planned for July 10 in Listowel

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NORTH PERTH – The Facebook group Disability & Low-Income North Perth Support and Awareness plans to take their message off of the internet and onto the streets of Listowel on July 10.

“We’re looking for volunteers,” said group founder Brenda Brunton. “I need people to help with advertising and setting up things for the walk.”

She wants to make sure the marchers are compliant with COVID-19 restrictions, so people are asked to register ahead by calling 226-222-2482.

If there is a larger demand than restrictions will allow, Brunton said they will do several awareness walks.

The reason for the march is to bring awareness to the local housing crisis which she said leaves people who are on Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program choosing between paying rent, bills, or feeding their families.

“I want people to share their stories,” said Brunton. “I want them to express how they feel about what is going on with them so other people know, because the more people we get in this the more the community sees that help is really needed and people are actually affected.”

Marchers are encouraged to wear brown or green.

She said the colour green represents growth, and brown is both the colour of stability and reliability.

She emphasized that she wants marchers to be COVID-19 compliant, saying that face coverings and social distancing are a must for everyone who will be participating.

Colin Burrowes, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Listowel Banner

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