In October 2013, The Home Depot Canada Foundation released its Thought Leadership White Paper on Youth Homelessness and pledged $10 million to help put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.
We have named this initiative The Orange Door Project.
Over the next three years, along with our community partners, The Home Depot Canada’s suppliers, customers and associates, we will support renovation and repair projects, life skill development programs, and research and collaboration programs that benefit homeless and vulnerable youth.
Together, we can give our youth the opportunity to realize a brighter future.
Recently, representatives of The Home Depot Canada Foundation and associates from The Home Depot East York and Morningside stores presented the team at Kennedy House Youth Services with a $25,000 grant.
Kennedy House provides housing and support services to troubled youth in the GTA at their shelter and group homes. They were awarded the grant through the Foundation's Affordable Housing Grant Program to support a series of improvements to their youth activity centre, commercial kitchen and youth kitchen.
The Affordable Housing Grant Program is part of The Orange Door Project, the Foundation's three-year, $10 million pledge to support renovation and repair projects and programs that provide homeless youth with access to safe, stable housing and support services.
On December 4, The Home Depot Canada Foundation hosted a round-table discussion on the prevailing issue of urban youth homelessness and the role that access to employment plays in helping youth succeed. Invited participants included existing Foundation partners that operate youth employment programs, youth currently participating in those programs, The Home Depot associates, The Home Depot suppliers and companies doing work in the youth employment space.
The discussions centred around a number of key themes, including:
The results of this Symposium will form the basis of a position paper to be released by the Foundation in early 2015. Stay tuned for more details.
Incorporating the voices of youth with lived experience is an important component of plans to help put an end to homelessness. Recently The Home Depot Canada Foundation partnered with the Social Planning and Research Council in Hamilton, ON to work with youth from the Street Youth Planning Collaborative. This advisory group was mobilized to help inform the direction of funding decisions for a new program – The Orange Door Award.
The Orange Door Award recognizes non-profit organizations that are providing support that matters to youth, as articulated by youth. The funding awarded through this grant will assist in supporting and growing these programs across Canada.
The winners are:
The Home Depot Canada Foundation would like to thank the following youth who provided their advisory support to this project: