The Ottawa Giving Project is a collaborative effort to make donating winter items easy to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Due to COVID, community agencies have less space and fewer volunteers to sort through donations.
This is a-three month partnership between RESPOND Ottawa, agencies across the city, and the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa.
Expert Steering Committee
To truly create system-level change, we need the expertise of people with firsthand experience of homelessness. Our Expert Steering Committee will work together to bring their knowledge, strengths, and skills to the Alliance and working groups across the sector. Their work will impact the way we create policies and processes to prevent and end homelessness in Ottawa.
Are you or your organization interested in working with the Expert Steering Committee? Get in touch at info[at]endhomelessness.ca or call 343-552-0202.
Housing is the first defence against the spread of COVID-19. The pandemic has seen many Ontarians unable to work and pay rent, leaving thousands of people facing eviction.
Understanding people’s pathways in the homelessness system is an important part of creating robust coordinated access where people can get the help they need while only telling their story once. Taking inventory of all of the poverty-reduction services, agencies, and programs will help us build a more interconnected system of shared resources. Working together effectively helps people better access the resources they need. Together, we’re greater than the sum of our parts.
Homelessness was at a level of crisis when Ottawa City Council declared the housing emergency in January 2020 but the situation has only worsened. Not only is Ottawa not building enough new low rent affordable housing, we are losing much of the older, affordable housing stock.
Aimed at housing 100 households in 100 days, the Housing Blitz was a community-wide effort to get people housed quickly and learn more about the barriers to affordable housing in our city. The initiative was led by the City of Ottawa and the Alliance to End Homelessness Ottawa, working closely with Indigenous housing partners.
Alliance members and supporters successfully lobbied the City to fund the purchase of empty hotels and motels for emergency housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a notable step in implementing a long-term solution to the housing crisis in Ottawa and creating a healthier, safer, and more prosperous community for everyone.
Civic Leaders Summit
The 2018 Civic Leaders Summit brought together community members, housing leaders, and City staff for a discussion on the opportunities, tools, and resources available for civic leaders to impact homelessness and affordable housing outcomes in Ottawa.
A Way Home Ottawa
A Way Home Ottawa was born out of the desire to build a more integrated system of support for young people who are homeless in Ottawa. Connecting youth services across the City, A Way Home Ottawa ultimately resulted in a comprehensive plan to prevent and end youth homelessness through a systems approach.