Gear Up for Housing 2020

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                                                  Gear Up for Housing 2020                      9-4 PM  Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

                                                                                         Bike Ride to End Homelessness

Join us on May 23rd, 2020 for our 8th annual ride through the city, raising money to support St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society. Every donation to Gear Up for Housing helps St. Clare's develop more housing for people who chronically struggle with homelessness.

St. Clare’s innovative out-of-the-box thinking has made them a respected leader in the development and operation of deeply affordable housing. This year, we're very pleased to invite our riders and their supporters to the Grand Opening of our 25 Leonard Avenue Phase 3 project directly following the ride!  Visit the Open House (2-4pm) to see for yourself what the solution to homelessness looks like. 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 2020!                       Pick your distance: 25 km or 50 km.

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

TO SPONSOR A PARTICIPANT:

If you received an email to sponsor a participant, 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 their 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. Riders of all skill levels are welcome to join us on this very level, very chill ride with friends. Pick your distance! You can choose either a 50 km route or a25 km route. All Gear Up For Housing participants are provided with complimentary 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 date Gear Up for Housing has raised $330,000 that goes directly to St. Clare’s helping them develop new affordable housing opportunities in Toronto.

Please Join Us At Gear Up For Housing 2020!

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 106,000 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 a simple 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 2020!

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 almost ready for move in 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