Niagara College Partnership
Thank you to our partners at Niagara College who support the agency in many ways through co-op education and practical learning!
We are so honoured to have Niagara College students heavily involved in our yearly 'Raising the Roof' initiative. The Niagara College Business and Marketing students partner with our agency to distribute and sell toques and baseball caps, with proceeds benefitting our local Housing Help Centre at Community Care, as well as national homelessness prevention programming. Students gain practical skills in preparing and excuting a sales campaign and those most vulnerable in our community benefit from their hard work.
It’s more than a toque… It’s an end to homelessness
Housing Help of Community Care 2019 FACTS:
- 138 youth, 16-24 years of age, are being supported with youth trusteeship
- 167 individuals are assisted by our housing worker every month
- 708 households had applications processed for the OESP credit
- 986 individuals had ID replaced or obtained through our identification clinic
- 2470 phone calls were received seeking assistance with utilities
- 18000+ phone calls were received by Housing Help seeking access to shelter needs
National Raising the Roof Facts:
- 39 years is the average life expectancy of a person experiencing homelessness in Canada.
- 6% of the homeless population are affected by schizophrenia. This is contrary to popular belief.
- 20% of the homeless population is young people between the ages of 16-24.
- 30-49% of homeless youth have been involved in child protection services or foster care in their lives.
- 35,000 Canadians experience homelessness on any given night.
- 50,000 make up the “hidden homeless”: couch surfers or individuals who stay with family, friends, or others because they have nowhere else to go.
- 235,000 Canadians experience homelessness each year. Canada’s homeless population is incredibly diverse. Homelessness is not a choice.
- $7 Billion is the amount homelessness cost the Canadian economy each year: emergency accommodations, social services, health care and corrections.