When Brandon’s landlord did not renew his lease, he found himself homeless. At age 24, Brandon* spent months couch surfing and staying with friends in Kingston, Ontario, joining the estimated 50,000 Canadians who are considered “hidden homeless.”
Brandon was in and out of school, had insecure and short-term work, and struggled to juggle appointments for apartment viewings across the city while taking public transport or walking.
“It was one of the toughest times on my mental health. I was completely drained from being turned down [from housing] over and over again… It was really overwhelming,” he shares.
This wasn’t Brandon’s first time experiencing homelessness. As a teenager, he was homeless for six months,
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