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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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HOMES Publishing Group - 16th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament

HPG golf tournament cracks $300K in funds for Raising The Roof

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HPG golf tournament cracks $300K in funds for Raising The Roof

HOMES Publishing Group’s 16th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament in support of Raising the Roof, at Royal Woodbine Golf Club in Etobicoke on Sept. 20, raised $15,000 – pushing the 16-year total to $305,000.

Michael Rosset, HPG, presents cheque to Elisa Traficante, Raising The Roof.
Michael Rosset, HPG, presents cheque to Elisa Traficante, Raising The Roof.

“We are so proud and grateful for the support of our clients, suppliers and friends over the years, for such a worthy cause as youth homelessness,” says Michael Rosset, founder of HPG and a long-serving board member of Raising the Roof.

Michaelle Vestergaard, Enbrdge Gas, tournament sponsor (centre), presents the winning foursome, Kain Allicock, EnerQuality; Nolan Leiska, Reliance Home Comfort; Sanjeet Bhoola, EnerQuality; with Josh Rosset, HPG, far right.
Michaelle Vestergaard, Enbrdge Gas, tournament sponsor (centre), presents the winning foursome, Kain Allicock, EnerQuality; Nolan Leiska, Reliance Home Comfort; Sanjeet Bhoola, EnerQuality; with Josh Rosset, HPG, far right.

Raising the Roof provides national leadership on long-term solutions to homelessness through partnership and collaboration with diverse stakeholders, investment in local communities, and public education.

Bob Finnegan wins trip to Hawaii, with Sonia Presotto, HPG, on right.
Bob Finnigan wins trip to Hawaii, with Sonia Presotto, HPG, on right.

“The homebuilding industry shows its collective heart through such events, and we are humbled by the dedication and commitment of everyone involved, every year,” adds Rosset. “To raise more than $300,000 for such an important cause over the years shows the depth of resolve of this industry to find a solution before the challenges become systemic and multi-generational.”

HOMES Publishing Group staff volunteers get ready for the day.
HOMES Publishing Group staff ready for the day.

Photos: Brian Geller, photoartists.ca


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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

 Raising the Roof 2019

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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Learning Green construction, while building for the community

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Learning Green construction, while building for the community

Teaching Green, low carbon, construction techniques to future construction workers, while providing affordable housing in Caledon, Ont.

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HPG golf tournament helps fight homelessness

HPG golf tournament helps fight homelessness

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HPG golf tournament helps fight homelessness

HOMES Publishing Group’s 15th Annual Invitational Charity Golf Tournament at the Kings Riding Golf Course in King City on September 18 began with a shotgun start and finished with a $18,000 cheque presentation to Raising the Roof, with a 15-year of over $290,000.

The team from HOMES Publishing Group, from left, Josh Rosset, Jessica MacInnis, Frances Mangos, Sonia Presotto, Kim Barton, Michael Rosset, Trish Sutton, Melanie Attridge, Amanda Bell, Fay Splett and Tony Loria.
The team from HOMES Publishing Group, from left, Josh Rosset, Jessica MacInnis, Frances Mangos, Sonia Presotto, Kim Barton, Michael Rosset, Trish Sutton, Melanie Attridge, Amanda Bell, Fay Splett and Tony Loria.

The tournament was originally scheduled for August 21, but huge rain and wind storm forced postponement until September 18, 2018.

On behalf of the participants and tournament sponsor Enbridge, Michael Rosset, founder of HPG and the longest-serving board member of Raising the Roof, made the presentation to Raising the Roof’s CEO Michael Braithwaite, bringing the total raised through the annual event to $290,200. Since 1997, Raising the Roof has raised over $5 million for agencies working to reduce homelessness at the community level.

“We are grateful for the support of so many clients, suppliers and friends over the years, for such a worthy cause as youth homelessness,” Rosset said. “It is vital to find a solution with youth before the challenges become systemic and multi-generational. I also want to thank all our hard-working staff for executing such a fun, well-executed and successful event.”

Some of the tournament highlights include:

Winning Foursome

EnerQuality


Closest the Pin

Men: Jonathan Dalima, BILD

Women: Nicole Damianidis, Olympia Steel Buildings


Longest Drive

Men: Julian Scaini, Sun-Brite Drapery

Women: Nicole Damianidis, Olympia Steel Buildings


Closest to the Chair Sponsored by Sensational Signs

Men: Sheila Moffat

Women: Richard Luciani


Raywal Cabinets TV Contest Hole

Svanco Stepic, Ballantry Homes


Bradstone/StoneRox Contest Hole

Brendan Charters, Eurodale


Raising the Roof 50/50 Putting Contest

Raywal Cabinets (total amount raised $1,230 as Raywal Cabinets donated their 50/50 portion back to the charity


Fisher & Paykel Beat the Scott

Men: Matt Andrews, PMA Breathour Realty

Ladies: Shannon Bertuzzi, EnerQuality


SPONSORS

Tournament Sponsor

Enbridge


Corporate & Dinner Sponsor

Solisco Printers


Gold Sponsors

Empire Communities

Heathwood Homes

PMA Brethour Realty

Raywal Cabinets


Silver Sponsor

Stateview Homes


Bronze Sponsor

Hanstone Canada


Gold Hole Sponsors

Cassidy & Co, Brampton Brick, Hanstone, Brookfield, In2ition, Ryan Design International, Mark’s Choice, Fieldgate Homes, Rosehaven Homes, Toronto Home Shows, Uniform Custom Countertops, B First, Coughlan Homes, Bradstone/StoneRox, Mattamy Homes, Great Gulf, Reliance Home Comfort, Ballantry Homes, My Design Studio, Geranium Homes, TAG Vodka, Reliance Home Comfort, Raywal Cabinets, Madhouse Advertising Inc., Reno Run, Sensational Signs


Hole Contest Sponsors

Bradstone/Stonerox, Fisher & Paykel, Raywal Cabinets, Sensational Signs and TAG Vodka


Treats Sponsors

B First Realty, Democrat Homes, Hanstone Canada, In2ition, Lindvest, Madhouse Advertising, Reliance Home Comfort, Reno Run, Sun-Brite Drapery, TAG Vodka and Torlys


Cart Donations

Enbridge, EnerWuality, Euroline Appliances, MOEN, Raising the Roof

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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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