Community

Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London’s annual budget is approximately $1.5M. City of London CHPI funding provides for approximately 60% of our budget under contract for shelter services within its Homeless Prevention System. Fundraising through a wide array of appeals and campaigns, major gifts, foundation grants, third party fundraisers and our own special fundraising events provides for the remaining 40% of funds needed. 

Throughout our history so many individuals have made remarkable contributions to our cause. We silently applaud theas we do not publish individual names. We thank you all and publicly recognize foundation donors and major event sponsors here.

Foundations and Major Gifts 

  • The Arcangelo Rea Family Foundation
  • Benefaction – Tom and Joanne Cowan
  • Cambia Development Foundation 
  • Judith and Wilson Rodger Fund through London Community Foundation 
  • King Street Community Church
  • Lawson Foundation 
  • London Lawyers Feed The Hungry – The Law Society Foundation 
  • London Community Foundation – Community Vitality Grant
  • Megan Holliday Memorial Fund at London Community Foundation
  • Nigel and Rhonda Gilby Foundation 
  • Ontario REALTORS Care Foundation
  • United Way Elgin Middlesex
  • Ontario Trillium Foundation – Local Poverty Reduction Fund
  • Starbucks Canada Charitable Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation
  • Unifor Local 27 
  • Starbucks
    Canada Charitable Fund, held at Vancouver Foundation

Community Events 

  • Hockey Helps the Homeless
  • Showdown in the Downtown
  • London St. Thomas Association of REALTORS – Gala

Signature Events

UPwithART (in partnership with Museum London) 

  • Van Simpson – Scotia Wealth Management 
  • Siskinds | The Law Firm
  • TD Bank Group 
  • Good Foundation Inc.
  • Mitchell and Kathryn Baran Family Foundation
  • Unifor Local 27 
  • Kim Mullan Real Estate
  • Nicholson Sheffield Architects
  • Harrison Pensa Lawyers
  • Auburn Developments
  • Elgin Contracting and Restoration 
  • BlueStone Properties
  • iLOOKABOUT
  • Framing & Art Centre
  • Colour by Schubert

… and many more!  

UP Golf Classic 

  • Team Truck Centres
  • Unifor – The Union
  • Nazem Kadri Foundation
  • Nicholson Sheffield Architects
  • London Commercial Realty Inc.
  • Beacon Southwest Business Brokerage Services  
  • White Wing Group Inc.
  • MacMaster Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC Ltd.
  • Elgin Contracting and Restoration Ltd.
  • White Wing Group Inc.
  • PetroValue

… and many more! 

Want to write to your elected officials? Use this wording as a solid foundation.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed system gaps and failures. It also mobilized a system response and my appetite for real change. I know that I am not alone. We are all in this together! 

I am grateful for the progress that my community has made thus far in protecting homeless individuals.

But London is still in a housing and homelessness crisis and this, in itself, is a public health crisis that demands action. It is a crisis that will grow during this time if we don’t do something about it.

That the $2000 Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) income for people struggling during the pandemic was more than double the social assistance rates for people struggling before the pandemic, really demonstrates that we punish people for being poor. The CERB should be instated as a permanent policy of basic income that provides every Canadian a foundation for stability.

It’s time that we recognize the unique mental and physical health challenges that disproportionately affect people experiencing homelessness and poverty. We need to treat substance use as a health issue ensuring people have access to safe supply and an adequate system of treatment options.

It’s time that we put policy in place that ensures housing as a human right instead of the commodity it is today. Safe, affordable, and adequate housing is the foundation to any person’s ability to be to successful and should be guaranteed for everyone.

Housing, with supports, is the solution to homelessness and income the solution to poverty.

As my elected representative, I beg you to rise from your seat and raise our collective voice in support of humane public policy.

Sincerely,

YOUR NAME and ADDRESS here

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717 Dundas Street
London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001

717 Dundas Street
London ON N5W 2Z5

www.unityproject.ca
t: 519.433.8700

Canadian Registered Charity #859628851RR0001