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  • 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  Based on historical reference, there are some 3,700 households a year searching for affordable housing in Ottawa.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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  • Make Ottawa more welcoming for immigrants

    “I am an immigrant and I wish Ottawa was more welcoming to newcomers. Like me, many Ottawa residents believe that employment, especially for immigrants, is one of four top priorities that our incoming mayor and city councillors should focus on. That makes immigrant employment an important issue for our upcoming municipal elections,” wrote Siddhartha Kumar, President, Network of Indian Professional (Ottawa), Employment Working Group, Making Votes Count Where We Live project. Read more of Siddhartha Kumar’s op-ed in the Ottawa Citizen.

    Finding meaningful employment for immigrants and new Canadians is one of United Way Ottawa’s priority goals. Learn about this and other important social issues on our municipal election page.

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