Homelessness DOES exist in St. Thomas & Elgin County
Many people picture the homeless as those living on the streets, in parks, in doorways and in other public places. But the “hidden homeless” – an estimated 80% of those without a place to call home – are much less visible and struggling every day.
(Source: Raising A Roof Website)
Did you know that 20% of Canada’s homeless population is between the ages of 13 & 24
In fact, during 2022, over 25% of those identified in our community as experiencing homelessness were between the ages of 16-24. This is greater than the national average. YWCA Youth Housing and Services directly support youth experiencing or at-risk of homelessness with a tailored approach designed for teens transitioning to adulthood.
of youth in Canada experience homelessness
Housing is simply not affordable
In 2022, the average market rent for a one-bedroom apartment in St. Thomas was $1,042. (CMHC-SCHL Primary Rental Market Statistics) The current maximum shelter allowance for an Ontario Works (social assistance) recipient is $390. For someone receiving ODSP, the maximum is $556. (Source: Income Security Advocacy Centre)
Average one-bedroom apartment in St. Thomas
Your donation will go directly into our supportive housing program
Our housing programs are called “supportive housing” because we provide more than a roof over the heads of women, men and youth. Our residents are linked to a network of services including those that give them the opportunity to develop a variety of life skills. We help them set goals, increase their employability, and become better able to contribute to their community and broader society.
Our Supportive Housing program includes our 7 residences (Horizon House, Unity House, Harmony House, Fairwinds for Youth, several independent living apartments, YWCA Women’s Residence and Second Story our Men’s Residence),
You can become a Sponsor or a Donor
Wee invite you to show your support through our various giving levels whether you are a business owner, service club, local organization or individual. View our KAR Giving Recognition and Confirmation Form here.
How to Donate
Send an E-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (please include your full name, address and phone number within the notes of your transfer which will be used for your charitable tax receipt if $20 or more is donated. Sponsorship not eligible for tax receipts.)
By phone (519) 631-9800 or toll-free at 1-800-461-0954
By mailing a cheque payable to ‘YWCA St.Thomas-Elgin’ 16 Mary St. West, St. Thomas, ON, N5P 2S3
Online (up to $1,000) through our secure online donation system
Gold ($3,000 – 4,999)
Silver ($2,000 – 2,999)
Bronze ($1,000 – 1,999)
Don & Hazel Williams Charitable Foundation
$1,000 – $2,999
Elgin Contracting and Restoration
$500 – $999
Belmont Swans Club
Cam’s Heating & Air Conditioning Inc
Don West Custom Homes
Judy & Robert Upsdell
Southwestern Tax Service
$250 – $499
Gerald & Helen Phillips
Optimist Club of St.Thomas
$100 – $249
Thank you to our generous community for Keeping A Roof Over Their Heads.
With your contribution we raised $75,564 during our 2022 Campaign.
For more information about our Keep A Roof Campaign, please complete the form below and our Keep A Roof Coordinator, Sarah Lounsbury, will be in contact with you.
Please note inquiries will be reviewed within 2-3 business days.