This is a series that gives a voice to those who are homeless or have experienced homelessness in Sudbury and northeastern Ontario. It is hoped their stories will challenge stereotypes, illuminate life on the streets and spark conversation about how to help.

No Fixed Address

No Fixed Address: Housing


You may think there's no chance you will ever lose your home. But are you paying more than the recommended third of your income on housing? Are you struggling with addiction? Are you suffering from mental illness?

Those are common threads in the stories of the homeless and formerly homeless that we'll hear. First, we'll hear about how many people are homeless.

Carol Kauppi is a professor at Laurentian University. She heads up a group studying the issue, Poverty, Homelessness and Migration. Kauppi spoke with reporter Kate Rutherford.

News: Crunching the numbers

Poverty, Migration and Homelessness Network offers a snapshot of the numbers of homeless people in the region Please note Paul Laurin is an outreach worker with L'association de Jeunes de la Rue.

In the News

Researchers also discover that a large percentage of homeless people are on the move.


It's been a long journey for Larson Heinonen. You'd probably recognize him in downtown Sudbury with his fedora and tweed blazer, and brightly coloured dress shirt. You've probably seen his artwork in coffee houses downtown - signed simply 'Larson'. Often he has a camera slung around his neck.

He walks everywhere. That's a habit from his homeless days - to always be on the move. Heinonen came to Canada from Helsinki, Finland. He lived on the street for twenty years.

He told his story to reporter Kate Rutherford. They met at the community garden in Sudbury where Heinonen showed off his tomatoes. And I just wanted to mention to parents there is some strong language in this piece.


In this installment of our series on homelessness, No Fixed Address, we hear Tina's story. She experienced a lot of bouncing around as a homeless child with her mother, then later as a young mother herself.

In the News

Some comments on the plight of homeless women and children in Sudbury.


Today we meet a young woman in Sudbury who ended up homeless after hitting a rough patch in her life. Amber also hopes to get back to university after taking a life altering detour. She's not alone as women are making up a larger part of the amount of homeless people on the streets.


Next we hear from a researcher, Annie Boucher, who is recording the life stories of ten homeless women--all over the age of fifty.

In the news

The wait for affordable housing can be long in Sudbury.


Jerry came to Sudbury almost 25 years ago. At the time, he was nineteen years old and trying to kick his drug habit.

Now, the amateur musician is continuing his struggle to get clean. He met CBC's reporter Kate Rutherford at the corner clinic in the Samaritan Centre.


Alexander Radway loves his life. The burly forty-one year old has an apartment and a job he loves. Maybe this is not so unusual for many.

But Radway doesn't take it for granted. He lived on the streets in his hometown of Burlington for a time. Then he was diagnosed with a mental illness. He moved to Sudbury to be close to his mother.

Here, Radway helped found an organization that supports those with mental illness. He is a staff member at that agency, the Northern Initiative for Social Action, today. That's where he met up with reporter Kate Rutherford, outside the front door.

Red coats

A radio documentary of one night's walk with outreach workers in downtown Sudbury.

In the news

Wait for urban housing for indigenous people.

In the news: Cochrane

People find jobs but no housing in Cochrane.


Communities in the far north face greater challenges than the south when it come to housing. That's because of the shortage of suitable places to live.

We've heard about the lack of homes in places like Attawapiskat , but similar issues are found in Moosonee. Research from the Poverty, Migration and Homelessness project at Laurentian University finds twenty per cent of the people in Moosonee are homeless.

Dr. Emily Faries is a professor of Indigenous Studies at Laurentian and calls Moosonee her hometown. She has studied the issue - and - seen it affect her own family members. Here she is talking with reporter Kate Rutherford about Moosonee.

Panel discussion

A round up of ideas to lessen homelessness.

In the news: Wet Shelter

Housing for those with no other options.


John tells us how untreated trauma led to him losing a job and a family he loved.