5 Things to Know
1. “Why don’t people just get jobs and stay housed?”
While people may have have the same goals, their paths can look really different…
4. “So, what about shelters?”
There are not enough shelter beds for everyone who needs one. Some people also express concerns that they may not feel safe or get a good night’s rest in some shelters due to overcrowding, lack of privacy, theft, violence, substance use and LGBTQ2 discrimination.
2. “What factors can contribute to becoming homeless?”
People walk a fine line balancing the demands of life. Nearly half of working Canadians would have trouble making ends meet if their pay cheque were delayed by a week. (Canadian Payroll Association)
5. “Why do most people on the street have mental health issues?”
People who have mental health challenges often have difficulty accessing employment, affordable housing and social support. These factors increase their vulnerability to being homeless. Being homeless can make their mental health issues worse. Some people develop substance abuse issues in their efforts to cope. Stigma and judgement do not help! Only affordable, supportive housing, community services and public understanding can make a difference.
3. “What about social assistance?”
Social Assistance often cannot cover housing and living costs;
• $1205 Social Assistance for a family of four
• $1900 The average cost of a two bedroom apartment
• $695 balance (Rentboard.ca & City of Toronto)
Working Together to Tackle Homelessness…
Keep reading below to discover how Ve’ahavta’s misson is helping people on the street and how you can start doing the same now…
5 Ways you Can Help
1. Change your perspective
Challenge your assumptions. Recognize that many are not aware of the challenges that people who are experiencing poverty and homelessness have faced. Work against the stigma by honouring the dignity and experience of everyone living in our city.
With your support, Ve’ahavta can uplift those in need, and create a transformational and lasting impact.
We cannot do it without you!
Please visit our donations page to learn more about giving options and what your gift means for those who have been marginalized by poverty and hardship.
Ve’ahavta is always looking for new volunteers. We have short-term and long-term opportunities as well as special opportunities for families, teens and groups!
Check out our Volunteer Opportunities page for more information.
4. Use Your Voice
Here are examples of how people have used their voice to ignite change around homelessness in Toronto.
You can learn more about poverty and homelessness in the following ways:
Book a Tikun Workshop with interactive and engaging activities for your group, workplace or community to deepen your understanding of poverty and social justice issues.
Schedule a speaker who can share about their personal experience of poverty and homelessness.
Subscribe to Ve’ahavta’s newsletter to stay up to date on ways that you can help make a difference in the lives of people who have been marginalized by poverty and hardship.
Check out the Homeless Hub or the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness’s websites to learn more about homelessness across Canada and what Canadians at all levels are doing to bring an end to homelessness.