Sad News

It is with deep regret that I write to inform you of the passing of Dick Rastin, who died of a heart attack on December 24th.  Dick Rastin was the tireless Executive Director of Street Connection, and a constant presence at the London Homeless Coalition.  The Free Press did a nice article about Dick available at http://www.lfpress.com/2012/12/25/dick-rastin-worked-for-nothing-to-keep-street-connection-going.  Our thoughts go out to Leone, and the countless youth that Dick supported and mentored.  This will be a difficult time for them all, so we thank in advance all of you who are working hard to support these youth.
Dick will be greatly missed.

Homeless Action Day Coverage

Thank you all for your participation in Oct 10th’s World Homeless Action Day.  We had a great event, and great press coverage.  Check out the pictures and links below, we also spoke with CJBK, 106.9, AM980, and CBC radio:

Print Media

http://www.londoncommunitynews.com/2012/10/cardboard-case-for-affordable-housing/

http://www.lfpress.com/2012/10/09/thousands-of-londoners-need-affordable-housing-and-building-plans-fall-far-short

Video

http://rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=9&gid=103162

http://video.lfpress.com/video/featured/latest/1311514528001/cardboard-village-reminder-of-homeless/1892200335001

http://rogerstv.com/page.aspx?lid=237&rid=9&sid=3258&gid=102676

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0wJ9c1NgKI&feature=share

Oct 10 2012 – World Homeless Action Day

October 10th of each year is World Homeless Action Day.  The tag line is “Thinking outside the cardboard box”.  The London Homelessness Outreach Network began participating last year, and you can see the write-up here, and the video here.  The purpose last year, and again this year, is to think about truly ending homelessness, which means helping people become re-housed.  We use cardboard as a theme to engage people in the conversation, but the ultimate goal is something better.

Last year we built a cardboard condo in the parking lot of Museum London, and this year we are going for even more exposure, building a cardboard town on the lawn of St. Paul’s Cathedral.  We will use refrigerator boxes, and businesses or non-profits will have the opportunity to sponsor a box, and will be asked to have their staff come down at some point during the day to decorate it.  This is a collaborative effort involving ourselves, the London Homeless Coaltion, St Paul’s Cathedral, and St Peter’s Basilica.