“On the street, I became an easygoing, loveable guy. I walked everywhere with a shopping cart and collected scrap. But it got to a point where I was getting older and couldn’t walk around pushing carts. Plus, I was lonely—if you don’t have a place to go, you’re a lost soul. That’s why, when a friend told me about a United Way drop-in centre that gives people a place to spend their time and find friendship, I decided to check it out. The drop-in centre staff helped me get sober and find an apartment. You get to a certain point in your life where you’ve got to be warm. It’s not only about housing—the centre has become my community and my family.”
$10 spent on housing supports for chronically homeless individuals equals $21.75 in savings related to health care, social supports, housing and involvement with the justice system.
United Way supports a ‘Housing First’ approach — quickly moving people experiencing homelessness into independent and permanent housing, with supports ranging from intensive case management to life-skills coaching. We invest in programs that focus on helping people obtain and maintain a secure and stable long-term home.
– $52 provides a person experiencing homelessness with a daily visit to a local coffee house for social connections and support
– $365 provides five people with move-in care packages once they are housed. The care packages include a grocery gift card, shower curtain, lights bulbs, calendar, can opener, cleaning products, plunger and toilet brush, fridge magnet with after-hours crisis service numbers and a key chain.
– $1,200 provides 30 days of intensive, in-home case management for someone new to home after experiencing years of homelessness