Raising the Roof: Turning the Tap off on Homelessness
By Olivia Larkin | December 12, 2017
“For most of us, we have never had to worry about where we are going to sleep tonight. Maybe our homes aren’t the newest, the cleanest, the best located, but we’ve had a place to sleep and arrange our belongings in a way that makes us call it home. However, this is not the reality for many Canadians. Every night in Canada there are approximately 35,000 people experiencing homelessness, this adds up to at least 235,000 every year.”
We recently completed a paper with our friends at Raising the Roof to help them talk about the important work they do in preventing homelessness in Canada. 2017 marks the 20th year of their Toque Campaign which launched on Giving Tuesday and has raised over $7 million to benefit nearly 200 homeless agencies across Canada. Read Impakt’s paper here to learn more about how Raising the Roof is brining three programs to Canada and how they are turning off the tap on homelessness. The programs are: The Upstream Project, Host Homes and Reside to Canada which replicate the concepts of The Geelong Project from Australia, Nightstop from the U.K. and Canopy Housing from the U.K. respectively.