UNIGNORABLE Poverty | Elgin Middlesex

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Elgin Middlesex


“Eventually, my family became homeless and we had to split up because we couldn’t find a place that could accommodate all five of us. I felt so much stress and anxiety, my hair began to fall out. The tutoring program helped me get through it all by being there to support me—no matter what. The staff made sure that we were okay every night and had food to eat. They also advocated for us and helped us look for housing. I think a big part of this program is that it made people feel welcome. Just knowing that there was support was huge for me.”

Elgin Middlesex has the third highest child poverty rate in Canada. 1 in 5 kids lives in a household that struggles to pay rent and put food on the table. Families who spend over 50% of income on rent are at risk of homelessness.

United Way meets basic needs for our community’s most vulnerable people and families. This includes access to food, transportation, housing and recreation close to home. We tackle persistent social issues at the root, so that fewer people are vulnerable in the first place.

Here’s how:
– $52 provides a round trip for one person to obtain the power tools required to accept a job and not rely on social assistance
– $365 provides an eight-week sports program in a rural community so young people can access physical activity close to home at no or low-cost
– $1,200 a year or $100/month is all it takes to give 17 children a full year of healthy after-school snacks and education about nutrition

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