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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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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Storage Facility Helping Homeless Get Off the Streets

Storage Facility Helping Homeless Get Off the Streets

Imagine having to carry your belongings with you at all times. You would not be able to go to a doctor’s appointment or job interview, fill out a housing application, or even use a restroom without risking the loss of all your possessions. There’s an innovative initiative providing an alternative for people living on the…

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Affordable housing must support needs of clients

Affordable housing must support needs of clients

Homes First ED Patricia Mueller speaks on Global Toronto, voicing concerns that affordable social housing must also support the needs of clients who are coping with mental health, addictions and deep poverty. Full Global TV broadcast available.

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City procures 20 rooms in 2 hotels to use as extra shelter space

City procures 20 rooms in 2 hotels to use as extra shelter space

The city will procure up to 20 hotel rooms to house homeless people at a cost of as much as $100,000 a month if the beds are used. The city’s Housing Services said this will only occur when shelters go beyond 90 per cent capacity. The beds will be in two hotels – one on…

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

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