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Gear Up for Housing 2019

ST CLARE'S

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Gear Up for Housing 2019                      10-3PM  Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Bike Ride to End Homelessness

Join us on May 11th, 2019 for our 7th annual ride through the city, raising money to support St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society in building homes and ending homelessness one apartment at a time.

St. Clare’s innovative out-of-the-box thinking has made them a respected leader in the development and operation of deeply affordable housing. If you participated last year, you’ll know that they are currently in the midst of building 22 micro-units of housing beside their 25 Leonard St building. These homes will bring 22 people off the streets and into housing that is safe, secure and affordable.  

Every donation to Gear Up For Housing  helps St. Clare’s develop more housing for people who chronically struggle with homelessness.

Please Join Us At Gear Up For Housing 2019!

To Register: Just click the Join button on this page and register to ride or email us at gearupforhousing@stclares.ca

Riders of all skill levels are welcome to join us on this very level, very chill ride. Pick your distance! This year you can choose either a 50 km route or a25 km route. All Gear Up For Housing participants are provided with complementary snacks, a delicious catered lunch, bike support, a Gear Up for Housing t-shirt and a deep sense that you are making a difference.

TO SPONSOR A PARTICIPANT:

If you received an email to sponsor a friend, just click on the link they sent you to donate directly to their ride. Or use the button above <Find a Team or Person> to search for a friend's personal fundraising page.

TO SPONSOR THE CAMPAIGN:

To make a general donation to our campaign, click on the button above <Donate Now>

 

About Gear Up for Housing

Launched in 2013, Gear Up for Housing raises money in support of St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing, a Toronto-based non-profit housing organization dedicated to ending homelessness in the city.

To date Gear Up for Housing has raised $260,000 that goes directly to St. Clare’s helping them develop new affordable housing opportunities in Toronto.

Please Join Us At Gear Up For Housing 2019!

To Register: Just click the Join button on this page and register to ride or email us at gearupforhousing@stclares.ca

Homelessness In Toronto

Deep cuts to social programs and lack of investment in affordable housing since the 1990s have brought homelessness in Toronto to crisis proportions. At the same time, Toronto’s downtown neighbourhoods are rapidly gentrifying, leaving less and less space for low-income residents to remain in their communities. Homelessness is an ever-growing national disaster that leaves an estimated 9000 people sleeping on Toronto streets, in shelters and emergency respite centres,and health and correctional facilities every night.In 2016 more than 16,000 unique individuals used the City-administered emergency shelter system. Another 1500 women and children escaping domestic violence are waiting up to a year to get into affordable housing. Thousands more are at-risk, forced to make the terrible choice between rent and food.

Our city’s wait list for housing has been growing and setting new record highs since 2008. There is currently an estimated 181,000 people on the subsidized housing waitlist and most will wait for over ten years to get housing.

Why is homelessness at such crisis levels?

The reason is remarkably simple, and it’s not laziness, addiction or mental illness. The number one cause of homelessness in Canada is poverty.

Homelessness is extreme poverty. It’s a simple relationship: no money equals no housing. No money because of injury, illness, job loss, debt, death in the family, family breakdown, abuse and violence. The list goes on but the result is often the same: no money equals no housing.

Whats the answer?

Thankfully the solution is equally straightforward: provide affordable housing. Toronto needs affordable housing. Whether we build it, convert it, or fund it, affordable housing is asimple solution to a devastating problem.

When poverty is the number one reason for homelessness, affordable housing gives individuals and families the security and stability of a home. Providing access to affordable housing is a foundational piece needed to begin rebuilding lives after experiencing homelessness and to prevent poverty from spiralling into homelessness.

Please Join Us At Gear Up For Housing 2019!

To Register: Just click the Join button on this page and register to ride or email us at gearupforhousing@stclares.ca

About St. Clares Multifaith Housing

St Clare's was created in 1998 by a dedicated group of activists who were convinced that ending homelessness required two things: affordable housing and action. Since then, St Clare’s has become a respected leader in the building and operation of deeply affordable housing. They are known for out-of-the-box thinking that uses conventional market methods to create positive social outcomes. So far St. Clare’s has successfully developed 415 units of affordable housing in Toronto with a 22 unit extension currently in construction at their Leonard Ave building in Kensington Market.

With their innovative housing model based around partnerships with service agencies to ensure tenants receive the support they need to remain housed and their proven record of providing high quality affordable housing, St. Clare’s is fighting homelessness in Toronto one apartment at a time. You can read more about St. Clare’s at http://www.stclares.ca