Homelessness DOES exist in St. Thomas & Elgin County
Many people picture the homeless as those living on the streets, in parks, in doorways and in other public places. But the “hidden homeless” – an estimated 80% of those without a place to call home – are much less visible.
(Source: Raising A Roof Website)
One-fifth of Canada’s homeless population is between the ages of 13 & 24
In Canada young people aged 13-24 make up about 20% of those experiencing homelessness, according to Without a Home: The National Youth Homelessness Survey. In April 2018, the City of St. Thomas as the local provincially appointed Service Manager facilitated its first Homelessness Enumeration Project to gain a better understanding of the scope and depth of homelessness locally. During the 2018 Enumeration, 26 unaccompanied youth between the ages of 16 and 24 were identified as experiencing homelessness. Youth represented 20% of the population experiencing homelessness in the area, matching the national average (Stephen Gaetz, Erin Dej, Tim Richter, & Melanie Redman (2016): The State of Homelessness in Canada 2016. Toronto: Canadian Observatory on Homelessness Press).
of youth in Canada experience homelessness
Help ‘Keep a Roof’ over the heads of at-risk women, men & youth in our community.
Housing is simply not affordable
In 2019, the average market rent for a one-bedroom apartment in St. Thomas was $694. (CMHC-SCHL Primary Rental Market Statistics) The current maximum shelter allowance for an Ontario Works (social assistance) recipient is $390. For someone receiving ODSP, the maximum is $497. (Source: Income Security Advocacy Centre)
Average one-bedroom apartment in St. Thomas
You can become a sponsor
If you are a business owner or individual we invite you to show your support through our various sponsorship levels. Click here to view our Sponsorship Opportunities. If you have any questions please complete the form below.
Your donation will go directly into our supportive housing program
Our housing programs are called “supportive housing” because we provide more than a roof over the heads of women, men and youth. Our residents are linked to a network of services including those that give them the opportunity to develop a variety of life skills. We help them set goals, increase their employability, and become better able to contribute to their community and broader society.
Our Supportive Housing program includes our 6 residences (Horizon House, Unity House, Harmony House, Fairwinds for Youth, YWCA Women’s Residence and Second Story our Men’s Residence),
For more information about our Keep A Roof Campaign, please complete the form below and our Keep A Roof Coordinator, Sarah Lounsbury, will be in contact with you.
Please note inquiries will be reviewed within 2-3 business days.
Through our 2019 campaign our community raised $ 47,170
Aylmer Lioness Club
Don & Hazel Charitable
Heidi Giesbrecht Online Auction
I Am Not My Own Concert
Oegema Turkey Farm
Optimist Club of Talbotville
Shedden Oddfellows #310
Talbot Trail Optimist Club
The Forever Legacy Foundation