The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to supporting initiatives that help put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.
The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s response to one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today – youth homelessness.
This initiative comes out of our three-year, $10-million pledge to support long-term solutions that will help to put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.
Our commitment is built on a growing understanding of the important relationship between housing and support services in helping vulnerable and homeless youth make healthy transitions to adulthood.
In collaboration with community partners, thought leaders, The Home Depot Canada's suppliers, customers and associates we are focused on improving places through renovation and repair projects and supporting programs that give youth the resources they require to build brighter futures.
We know homelessness affects tens of thousands of young people every year, comes with extraordinarily high personal and socio-economic costs, and is under-prioritized in terms of research based policy and adequate funding. We want to change that and are committed to taking action through The Orange Door Project to bring housing and hope to homeless youth in Canada.
In December 2014, The Home Depot Canada hosted a round-table discussion on the issue of youth homelessness and the role that access to employment plays in helping youth succeed. Participants included some of the Foundation’s existing charitable partners that operate youth employment programs, youth who had previously or were currently participating in those programs, The Home Depot associates, The Home Depot suppliers and businesses doing work in the youth employment space.
Some key themes that arose during the discussion included the following:
Overall, the Symposium was a reminder that the solutions to youth homelessness are complex and as such, no one individual, organization or business can tackle the issue alone. We each have a key role to play.
Our Position Paper captures the results of our Symposium and speaks to The Home Depot Canada Foundation’s affirmed commitment to helping put an end to youth homelessness in Canada.