Homes First’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Homes First’s Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update: At all of its shelters Homes First is implementing a screening tool that the City of Toronto developed in conjunction with Toronto Public Health for persons that may be exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19. The City is opening a new program that will allow those being tested or told to self-isolate to stay out of…

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Homes First Charity Intelligence Rating

Homes First Charity Intelligence Rating

Homes First recently updated its profile with Charity Intelligence Canada, a charity that conducts independent research on other charities to help donors make informed decisions and have the most significant impact. Charity Intelligence analyses charities based on management and operations, financial transparency, and the social impact of the charities programs.  Charity Intelligence Canada assesses both…

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Rotary Club and Tippet Foundation make precedent setting gift for Toronto’s Homeless

Rotary Club and Tippet Foundation make precedent setting gift for Toronto’s Homeless

You can’t do much if you are homeless. Without a permanent address, it’s hard to feel like you are part of a community, find a physician, a job, or count on three meals a day. Established in 1983, Homes First dedicates their efforts to help those with the fewest housing options. Homes First owns and/or…

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DAS Canada is being recognized as a Great Place to Work®

DAS Canada is being recognized as a Great Place to Work®

For Release: April 22, 2016   DAS Canada is being recognized as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in Canada. This list and related stories appeared in a special national report on Friday April 22, 2016 in The Globe and Mail. Being a great place to work is one of the core values at DAS…

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New Blog Post – "Intersections of Stone and Glass"

New Blog Post – "Intersections of Stone and Glass"

On a mild March evening, nearly eight-hundred names were featured in chilling procession as an engaged audience held candles in vigil below. Rebecca Houston’s installation, Stone and Glass: We are all transient, part of the ongoing Myseum Intersections festival, highlighted the scourge of homeless deaths in our city and mourned the victims of a tragedy…

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Foundation Board Director Salima Rawji is awarded MetroNext's Emerging Leader

Foundation Board Director Salima Rawji is awarded MetroNext's Emerging Leader

 Salima Rawji who as Director of Development at Build Toronto combines her community interests with her real estate development expertise to collaborate and drive forward well-designed projects that support business dynamics while providing livable, animated spaces. Salima shows her commitment to community through service on the boards of the Homes First Foundation and CivicAction and has also acted as chair…

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Let’s stop pretending we can’t end poverty

Let’s stop pretending we can’t end poverty

By Mark Sarner, Toronto Star   Poverty. Why don’t we end it once and for all? The assumption is that we can’t afford to. Are we sure? What would it cost exactly? Answer: about $16 billion a year in today’s dollars. Big money. Yet nowhere near as much as it is costing us now to…

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The potential and pitfalls of redevelopment plans

The potential and pitfalls of redevelopment plans

Some argue that redevelopment of public housing allows some to use housing vouchers to rent private units or get out of dangerous environments. But other housing experts claim that displacement can be detrimental. “Relocation often destroys the social networks that low-income families depend upon for survival, and it can take years to rebuild those networks…

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25% of homeless live in suburbs

25% of homeless live in suburbs

Did you know 25% of our homeless population live in the suburbs? This large chunk of the homeless population are often ‘hidden’ and struggle to find the resources they need. Check out Metro Morning’s segment with Wellesley Institute’s Kwame McKenzie to learn how we should address this. http://ow.ly/L26Xn

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Housing first is part of the solution to ending chronic homelessness.

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