• #OttawaStrong

    We honour the soldiers, police, and civilians who united in response to yesterday’s tragedy in Ottawa.


    The Distress Centre is encouraging Ottawa residents to call if they are facing crisis or need someone to talk to: 613-238-3311. You can also call 211 to find out about local resources that can provide support.


  • Building Up Ottawa’s Affordable Housing Stock

    Like most Canadian cities, Ottawa’s supply of available affordable housing is deficient.  Based on historical reference, there are some 3,700 households a year searching for affordable housing in Ottawa. Our targets for affordable housing development have not been met since policy was adopted in 2003. While it is by no means entirely on the shoulders of our municipal government, local opportunities do exist to reinvent the business models that deliver affordable housing.


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  • Campaign co-chairs see first-hand how United Way is changing lives


    Co-Chairs receiving a tour of Wabano Health Centre

    Yesterday, Community Campaign co-chairs Mark Sutcliffe and Yaprak Baltacıoğlu attended a Seeing is Believing tour at the Vanier Community Service Centre and Wabano Health Care to see first-hand how the work of United Way and its partners are changing lives in our community.

    At the Vanier Community Service Centre’s social enterprise Gourmet Xpress the co-chairs met with staff and participants of the program. Mark and Yaprak heard how this program is helping people with disabilities find meaningful employment.  The program provides participants with the skills needed to work in the restaurant industry.

    The second stop on the tour was Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health where the co-chairs learned about how project step is addressing the need for substance abuse prevention, treatment, education and for young people.

    Click here to view the photos from the tour.

  • Is Ottawa ready to meet the needs of a growing seniors population?

    In Ottawa, there is a dire shortfall of affordable and supportive housing for older adults. As of 2014, there are over 2,250 affordable housing units required for people over the age of 65 as per the latest Social Housing Registry figures. This number was 1000 units in 2007, thus an increase of 50 per cent in just eight years. There are many retirement homes with vacancies, which are able to provide continuums of care but they are unaffordable for more than half of the population.

    As a result, often when a senior becomes ill or injured, they end up in a hospital bed, and usually for far longer than they actually will require the intensity of resources/services provided in this care setting. If you speak to case workers trying to find housing for seniors from hospital into the most appropriate setting, one of the largest barriers is access to affordable housing with supports. As a community and society, we have to do better.



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