Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH) is planning a National Conference on Ending Homelessness (October 28 – 30, 2013) and have just launched their conference website (www.caeh.ca/conference). They are hard at work on the preliminary program (which you can find here – http://www.caeh.ca/conference/program/).
They are offering a Lived Experience Scholarship to 20 Canadians (more information at http://www.caeh.ca/conference/scholarships/).
They also have a ‘Homelessness Research Call for Abstracts’ out.
Seeking agencies interested in working with financial institution volunteers to build financial literacy in London & Middlesex
In October of 2011, United Way London & Middlesex commissioned a research report through the Centre for Community Based Research (CCBR) entitled Payday Lending in London. The outcomes of this study identified that payday lenders are prevalent in London; individuals are borrowing from payday lenders to pay for basic needs and are often unclear on the long term repercussions. Although the study was focused on payday lending, a need for a community-wide financial education program in London and Middlesex County was identified.
Over the past six months, United Way has worked with service providers and traditional financial institutions to explore local opportunities to developing a financial education and mentorship program. United Way is pleased to announce a community strategy that is focused not only on financial literacy but enhancing opportunities for individuals to interact with volunteers from traditional financial institutions. One of the key components of the strategy is the provision of financial literacy workshops. These workshops will be co-facilitated by financial institution volunteers and Family Service Thames Valley, and will focus on critical moments in one’s life and provide information that can help individuals and families make reasonable financial decisions.
United Way is seeking to engage social service agencies interested in working with financial institution volunteers to not only host workshops but provide feedback and support cross-sectoral training methods.
If your organization is interested in taking part in the initial stages of this financial literacy community strategy, please contact Kate Cowan, Community Planning Specialist at United Way London & Middlesex.
United Way will be hosting a discussion with agencies interested on May 1, 2013 at 8:30 am at The TD Training Room (220 Dundas ST, 2nd floor). Please RSVP to Kate Cowan at (email@example.com) or 519-438-1723 ext. 249.
Note: The deadline for submissions has been extended to April 22nd!
We were fortunate to have support from King’s University College students in our Homeless Memorial fundraising activities. Here are some photos from the class, with them presenting us with a cheque for $2,645!
Friday April 26th, noon-1:30pm, in the Covent Market Square is the next Soup ‘n Bread day hosted by the London Homeless Coalition.
At our last meeting of the London Homeless Coalition we voted to partner with the Progressive Animal Welfare Services. Please see the attached backgrounder to learn more about this proposal, and why it would be useful for our members and the community:
The following outlines the availability and process of the Housing First Temporary Support Fund:
Housing First Temporary Support Fund
Please see the attached flyer for the community forum on ‘Reducing and Preventing Homelessness in London’. The date is Jan 22nd, at 12-3pm, in the gym at St Peter’s Basilica downtown:
Jan 22 Community Forum