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National Homelessnes Charity hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Innovative Affordable Housing Project

Raising the Roof opens innovative affordable housing project

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Raising the Roof opens innovative affordable housing project

Raising the Roof, a national homelessness prevention charity, was recently joined by Kyle Seeback, MP for Dufferin-Caledon, Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon, and Allan Thompson, Mayor of the Town of Caledon, to celebrate the opening of Cedar Mains, a newly renovated home which will offer affordable housing for people with disabilities at risk of homelessness.

The launch of the new housing project comes in the midst of a national housing crisis, where more than 35,000 people sleep on the streets every night, and people with disabilities are particularly affected.

In the face of this growing concern, Raising the Roof developed an innovative new program, Reside, which acquires vacant or underutilized homes, renovates and converts them into affordable housing. The first home launched through the program is 1 Cedar Mains Dr. (Cedar Mains).

“Every night, thousands of low-income Canadians sleep on the streets, and people with disabilities are particularly vulnerable,” says Marc Soberano, executive director of Raising the Roof.. “With Reside, we acquire under-utilized homes, fix them up, and offer them as affordable housing to people who need them most. In the process, we restore a local community asset, create training and employment opportunities for people facing barriers through the construction work, and create housing for vulnerable members of our community. Cedar Mains is the first of many homes we aim to convert into affordable as we partner to provide solutions to the housing crisis.”

Prior to the redevelopment, 1 Cedar Mains Dr. was an abandoned heritage church. The property hadn’t been utilized in many years. Envisioning more for the site, Raising the Roof approached the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, owner of the property, requesting the opportunity to access the property through a long-term lease.

The TRCA agreed, providing a 20-year lease to Raising the Roof for just $1. The charity then partnered with social enterprise contractor, Building Up, to complete an extensive renovation on the property. Through the construction work, Building Up provided training and employment opportunities for over 90 people facing barriers to employment, more than 85 per cent of whom went on to careers in the trades.

Raising the Roof then brokered an innovative partnership with CAFFI Housing Inc. to serve as the affordable housing provider, identifying suitable candidates for housing. CAFFI is a Caledon-based non-profit organization operated by parents of adult children with disabilities that provides housing solutions for their children and other people with developmental disabilities facing housing vulnerability.

In executing this project, Raising the Roof benefitted from tremendous community support. The project’s funders included the Home Depot Canada Foundation, the Province of Ontario, the Region of Peel, the Town of Caledon, the Town of Vaughan, Royal Bank of Canada Foundation, Hockey Helps the Homeless, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Caledon Heritage Society, Social Venture Partners, and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp.

“Working together with our community partners, The Home Depot Canada is committed to ending youth homelessness and we are so proud to support Raising the Roof with the launch of their new home to support youth that are at risk of homelessness,” says Pam O’Rourke, chair, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and vice-president, merchandising, The Home Depot Canada. “By supporting organizations that provide a safe place to call home and important life-skills programs, we can help bring housing and hope to our most vulnerable youth.”

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Raising the Roof 2019

Toque Tuesday educates and raises money to tackle homelessness

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Toque Tuesday educates and raises money to tackle homelessness

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Feb. 5 was Toque Tuesday, and community members in Markham gathered at the Markham GO Transit Station to help raise money and support for Raising the Roof’s National Toque Campaign. 

The team, which included members of HOMES Publishing Group (HPG), raised money and awareness for Raising the Roof, which supports local agencies in the fight against homelessness nationally and here in our community.  A large portion of the funds raised will go towards community partner agencies. 

The Markham group, lead by Sonia Presotto and Raising the Roof board member Josh Rosset, both of HPG, raised $2,200 in toque sales and donations to support Toque Tuesday.

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Raising the Roof Toque Tuesday educates and raises money

Raising the Roof Toque Tuesday educates and raises money

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Raising the Roof Toque Tuesday educates and raises money

Raising the Roof volunteer team in Markham raises more than $2,000.

Community members in Markham gathered together at the Markham GO Transit station on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 during the early morning rush hours to help raise money and support for Raising the Roof’s National Toque Campaign.

The team, which included members of HOMES Publishing Group (HPG), raised money and awareness for Raising the Roof, which supports local agencies in the fight against homelessness nationally and here in our community. A large portion of the money raised will go towards community partner agencies. As a result, the funds through toque sales and donations in Markham will stay in Markham to help support its homelessness programs, targeting at-risk families and youth.

BACK ROW: Emma Miron, Jennifer Miron, Kerri-Lynn Edmondson, Josh Rosset (Team Captain, Homes Publishing Group), Sonia Presotto (Team Captain), Sue Tobias (Hamilton Beach) FRONT ROW: Ethan Miron, Britlynn Edmondson, Avery Ophek, Braedin Edmondson, Dillon Rosset, Ethan Ophek CENTRE: Charlotte Rosset MISSING: Aaliyah Ophek
BACK ROW: Emma Miron, Jennifer Miron, Kerri-Lynn Edmondson, Josh Rosset (Team Captain, Homes Publishing Group), Sonia Presotto (Team Captain), Sue Tobias (Hamilton Beach)
FRONT ROW: Ethan Miron, Britlynn Edmondson, Avery Ophek, Braedin Edmondson, Dillon Rosset, Ethan Ophek
CENTRE: Charlotte Rosset
MISSING: Aaliyah Ophek

The Markham group, lead by Sonia Presotto and Josh Rosset of HPG, raised over $2,000 in toque sales and donations to support Toque Tuesday.

“We could not have done this without the support of our wonderful volunteers and our community,” said Rosset.

For more information on Toque Campaign opportunities, contact Joe Goulart, director of development and communications at Raising the Roof.


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Furniture Bank celebrates 20 years of service

Furniture Bank celebrates 20 years of service

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Furniture Bank celebrates 20 years of service

Organization provides housewares to people transitioning out of homelessness, or escaping abuse as well as refugees and newcomers.

Whether you are renting a room, living in an apartment or a house, your home is your castle. But due to unfortunate circumstances, many individuals and families have a hard time being able to afford furniture and everyday necessities.

Founded in 1998, the Furniture Bank provides gently used furniture and household goods to people who have recently transitioned out of homelessness, women and children escaping abusive situations, refugees and newcomers to Canada.

This year, mark Furniture Bank’s 20th year of community service,” notes Dan Kershaw, executive director. “Over the years, we have built up partnerships with a growing list of social service agencies and shelters who play a critical role in ensuring anyone in need of a fresh start is invited to our showroom and given the dignity of choosing the items of furniture they would like to have in their homes. The Furniture Bank movement is one of empowerment.”

Founded in 1998, Sister Anne Schenck was inspired by her visits to many clients who did not have adequate furniture and necessities, which led to the development of the Furniture Bank, an organization that facilitates the transfer of furniture and necessities from individuals disposing of items to homes in need of them.

“I was asked by Catholic Immigration Services to visit one of their clients because they had no furniture,” said Schenck. “When I arrived, I found a home furnished with a milk crate used as a table, and a pot which the dinner was cooked and served in. The residents ate and slept on the floor. On my way home I came upon a sofa that had been left out on the curb for disposal. This led to the creation of Furniture Bank.

With the help of numerous volunteers, countless hours of pro-bono work and financial donations, small and large, Sister Anne formally incorporated Furniture Bank as a charity in 1998.

From its humble beginnings, the Furniture Bank served over 10,400 individuals in 2017, over 3,800 of which were children, by way of donation of over 1,500 tonnes of furniture and housewares, much of which would have otherwise ended up in landfill.

For a pickup fee that helps to cover costs, Furniture Bank comes to your home and removes furniture and other items that you no longer need. Donated items are provided to people most in need who are referred by over 80 social service agencies in Toronto to turn an empty space into a true home.

For additional information about Furniture Bank, to donate, volunteer, visit furniturebank.org or call 416.934.1229.


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