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 2020, the average market rent for a one-bedroom apartment in St. Thomas was $725. (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),
Thank you to our generous community for Keeping A Roof Over Their Heads.
With your contribution we raised $61,508 during our 2020 Campaign.
You have helped provide housing and supports for people in our community – a clean, safe and supportive place where they can begin the journey to wellness. Having safe and affordable housing is the first step to pursuing employment, education, goal setting and a healthy lifestyle.
Platinum Sponsors ($5,000 +)
Duggie & Ted Gill
Gold Sponsors ($3,000)
Silver Sponsors ($2,000)
Bronze Sponsors ($1,000)
Don and Hazel Charitable Foundation
Fellowship Christian Reform Church
Liz & David Currie, In memory of John Lounsbury
Sheddon Oddfellows #310
Southwestern Tax Services
The Aylmer Express
The Forever Legacy Foundation, Port Stanley
Central United Church
Johnathan Hill, Desjardins Insurance & Financial Services
Sarah Lounsbury & Derek Weaver
Shingle Sponsors ($250)
Brian & Mary-Ellen Bolt
Bulk Barn St.Thomas
Debackere Farm Market
Geerlink’s Home Hardware, St.Thomas
Greg & Cathy Grondin
Mary Ellen Bolt
Shawn Jackson Funeral Home
University Women’s Club St.Thomas (Community Engagement Fund)
Walter Ostojik & Sons Ltd
West Elgin Mutual Insurance
Williams Funeral Home
Van Pelt’s Print Plus
Brick Sponsors ($500)
Aylmer Lioness Club
Barb & Bruce Green
Beamish Landscape Services
Don West Custom Homes
Judy & Bob Upsdell
Julie Farquhar of Westminster Mutual Insurance
Knights of Columbus Council (Father Ernie Deslippe)
Living Hope Community Church
Port Stanley Lioness Club
Royal Canadian Legion, Port Stanley
Sandra Datars Bere
Silverthorn Landscape Supplies
Yurek Pharmacy Limited
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.