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Ensuring a National Housing Strategy effectively addresses local priorities: a focus at this year’s Community Forum on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa

Media Advisory (November 21, 2016) Ottawa - On National Housing Day (Tuesday, November 22) – the same day as Minister Jean-Yves Duclos is expected to identify top priorities for the federal government’s National Housing Strategy [...]

Giving the essentials: The Backpacks for the Homeless initiative

By Erin Dej On Christmas Eve this year 2,300 people experiencing homelessness in Ottawa are expected to receive backpacks filled with hygiene products, clothing, treats, and a Tim Hortons gift card thanks to an initiative [...]

Registration is Open: Annual Community Forum on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa (November 22)

Registration Now Open! (space is limited) November 22 Community Forum on Ending Homelessness in Ottawa Tuesday, November 22, 2016 || 8:30 am - 4:30 pm RA Centre (2451 Riverside Drive, Ottawa) Registration: https://allianceforum2016.eventbrite.ca The Alliance to End [...]

A Way Home Ottawa is Launching “The Opportunity Project”

                                            After almost a year of hard work and consultation, we are launching our [...]

Centre 454 – An Integral Part of the Community

By Sarina Bhaiwala If you stop by Centre 454 anytime during the week, you’ll find a blossoming garden and welcoming community. First established in the basement of St. Alban’s church in 1945, the day program is one of five community ministries of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa. Centre 454 offers drop-in support services and social activities for individuals who are precariously housed or homeless in Ottawa. Although the Centre changed locations to Murray Street more than a decade ago, it returned to its original location on King Edward in 2012 after receiving city and diocesan funding to restore St. Alban’s basement. This decision was accompanied by some concerns from the surrounding neighbourhood. Residents feared the Centre would bring drug use, vandalism, litter, and conflict with residents. Jen Crawford, the Executive Director of Centre 454, understands where the community’s worries stemmed from. With all the social service agencies in this area, “there is already a lot of action going on,” she said. The Centre was aware of these concerns, and was proactive in building a positive relationship with the surrounding community after the move. The staff worked to quell the misunderstandings regarding the Centre and its visitors; they committed to doing a walk around the building every morning to make sure there was no garbage and that everything was in order. “It’s three years later and our staff still do it,” said Crawford. The Centre has also participated in the citywide “Cleaning the Capital” event every year to clean the three-block radius that surrounds its property. […]