Childhood abuse, inter-generational trauma, mental health challenges, substance issues, family violence, and an experience of homelessness before the age of 18 are just some of the reasons that people may find themselves vulnerable to homelessness and without a safe place to sleep at night. Homeless youth are particularly vulnerable as many shelters do not accommodate individuals under 18.
A place to all home
United Way believes that everyone deserves to have their basic needs met and this includes adequate, appropriate, and ultimately permanent housing. Without a home base, finding work, going to school, or undertaking day to day activities can be nearly impossible. A place to call home gives people the security and confidence to get back on their feet and rejoin their community with dignity.
Programs and suppports
United Way supports programs, services, and initiatives that provide emergency shelter, youth shelter, outreach for those struggling with mental health and/or addictions challenges, and second stage housing for people who are ready to take the next step towards acquiring a permanent place to live.