The Home Depot Canada Foundation Commits $10 Million to Help Homeless Youth in Canada
“We are proud of the work we’ve done and access to this unprecedented data via the Without a Home Report demonstrates how much more we must do. By focusing our efforts on organizations that provide safe, stable housing, life skills development programs and research initiatives, we can help build brighter futures for homeless and at-risk youth across Canada.”
– Jeff Kinnaird, Chair
The Home Depot Canada Foundation
Government of Canada funding supports cooperation to help end the cycle of youth homelessness
(TORONTO, April 25, 2017) – On behalf of The Home Depot Canada Foundation, we would like congratulate our partners at A Way Home: Working Together to End Youth Homelessness in Canada, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (York University) and MaRS Centre for Impact Investing for bringing the “Making the Shift” project to life. By focusing our efforts and collaborating with like-minded organizations that provide safe, stable housing, life skills development programs and research initiatives, a real impact can be made in the fight to help prevent and end youth homelessness. We applaud the federal government for this generous investment to a very real issue. With so many youth experiencing homelessness in their early teens, making the shift from emergency response to prevention, stable housing and life-skills supports is critical to helping young people build brighter futures. It’s clear that when organizations come together, we can impact change and move forward, together.
– Jeff Kinnaird, Chair of the Board, The Home Depot Canada Foundation, and President, The Home Depot Canada
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to putting an end to youth homelessness in Canada. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today. Through The Orange Door Project initiative, the Foundation has pledged $20 million by 2018 to support renovation and repair projects and programs that provide vulnerable youth with access to safe, stable housing and support services. For more information, please visit: www.orangedoorproject.ca
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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 – The Orange Door Awards program.
The Orange Door Award recognizes non-profit organizations involving the voice of youth with lived experience in creative and meaningful ways. . The funding awarded through this grant will assist in supporting and growing this work across Canada.
1. Interior Community Services – Kamloops, BC
2. Windsor Youth Centre – Windsor, ON
3. Youth Opportunities Unlimited – London, ON
4. Choices for Youth – St. John’s NFLD
5. Sir Hugh John Memorial Hostel (Macdonald Youth Services) – Winnipeg, MB
6. ONEroof Youth Services – Kitchener, ON
7. Wyndham House – Guelph, ON
The Home Depot Canada Foundation would like to thank the following youth who provided their advisory support to this project: