FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 8, 2022

MATT MARCHAND, CANDIDATE FOR WARD 4, RELEASES FIRST IN SERIES OF PLATFORMS: STRATEGY ON HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL HEALTH, AND OPIOIDS
First in a series of platform strategies outlining ideas and solutions to address serious issues in Ward 4

WINDSOR, ON – Today, Matt Marchand, Candidate for Ward 4, announced the first part of his platform, Love Our Hood: Strategy on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Opioids, addressing both the cause and effects of these issues with short-, medium-, and long-term goals to restore confidence in our City.

Click here to read the full strategy, Love Our Hood: Strategy on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Opioids.

“The Strategy on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Opioids is the result of extensive consultations, but this is a living document and I further invite Ward 4 residents to add their voice, their ideas, and their recommendations,” said Marchand.

The Strategy on Homelessness, Mental Health, and Opioids includes numerous recommendations and ideas, two of which can be implemented as pilot projects to keep costs down and measure success to provide immediate positive impacts and help restore dignity for people experiencing homelessness:

  1. Transitional Storage Lockers have been piloted successfully in dozens of cities around the globe and help people experiencing homelessness transition to employment and stable lives. One of the main issues people experiencing homelessness face is being unable to look for work during the day because of the burden of having to cart and guard all their belongings at all times. Transitional Storage Lockers provide a secure place to store their belongings and some even have mail slots or enough storage to keep bedding dry.
  2. Wheels of Change was successfully adopted in San Diego four years ago, and 56 cities have visited hoping to model a similar program in their own regions. In 2019, Wheels of Change was able to offer 5,200 work opportunities. Through Wheels of Change, people experiencing homelessness are hired to clean up alleys, streets, and parking garages, however, this would not displace any existing City workers. Wheels of Change can transition people back into the workforce, and ends up saving on calls for service and calls for police.

“In addition, it has been clear from talking to residents that we urgently need to convene a community-wide meeting with residents, police, health care workers, and stakeholders on these issues. There is frustration in the community about the appearance of a status quo. We need better community engagement,” said Marchand.

The Strategy also includes working with community-based organizations in Windsor, the Province of Ontario, and the federal government for predictable and sustainable funds and a strategy to invest in addressing mental health, homelessness, and addiction issues, as well as supporting and accelerating work that the City of Windsor is in the process of undertaking.

To complement these platform releases, the Matt Marchand for Ward 4 Campaign is premiering the Mondays with Matt video podcast. Released Mondays from September 12 until Election Day, Mondays with Matt will provide updates on the campaign, talk about platform pieces and resident concerns, and take questions from viewers. Watch the first Mondays with Matt on Monday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m. at https://www.facebook.com/MattMarchandForWard4/.

This is the first in a series of policy platforms and ideas under the umbrella of Love Our Hood to be released between now and Election Day. The Matt Marchand for Ward 4 Campaign will also be releasing more platform components as the campaign moves forward.

Matt Marchand is running for City Council for Ward 4, with his Proven Policy Success and 20 years of working with the highest levels of local government and business. Marchand will be listening to residents and focusing on community priorities such as safety, affordability, and livability. Join the campaign at www.votemarchand.com and vote Matt Marchand for Ward 4 on Monday, October 24, 2022.