What is the Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London?
Unity Project for Relief of Homelessness in London is an emergency shelter and transitional housing facility offering self-help to men and women in a safe, secular and home-like environment. Life skills in embedded in every aspect of our programming, with residents assisting with cooking, cleaning and daily maintenance of the shelter. Front-line staff are available 27/7…365 day a year, and work one-to-one with each resident to create, monitor and advance a personal action plan for stability and independence. Together we take care of ourselves, each other and our community.
Where is the Unity Project located?
717 Dundas Street East, London, Ontario N5W 2Z5 (click here for a map)
What services and programs does the Unity Project offer?
Housing & Advocacy: Provides case-management support and advocacy to help people overcome obstacles to obtain and maintain housing. Neighbourhood resources are utilized to help direct traffic through “the system” with interventions and advocacy to prevent homelessness and promote stability. For more information click here.
Life Skills Programming: Targets skill development in key skill deficit areas, and improves residents abilities to meet their own and other basic needs for stability and independence. For more information and for a monthly calendar of events click here.
London CAReS: The London CAReS (Community Addiction Response Strategy) is a program aimed to assist individuals experiencing homelessness and who are at risk of homelessness. In October 2011, Unity Project, in partnership with a number of community organizations, began administering the second phase of the CAReS program, along with the Transitional Housing and Supports for Homeless Veterans Project. To learn more, click here.
Community Drop-in: everyone welcome for a cup of coffee, to use the phone, take a shower or get staff support. Serving 25-75 people per day from 8 am – 11:30 am & 6 pm – 8 pm.
Crash Beds: Nightly stay on a first-come-first-served basis. Meals available. 12 nightly stays for men and women. Intake opens at 8:30 PM.
Phase-I Transitional Housing:
Phase-II Transitional Housing:
When was Unity Project created?
The Unity Project grew out of collection action in the summer of 2001 when a group of youth activists, and many of London’s homeless formed a tent city in Campbell Memorial Park to raise public awareness about homelessness and the affordable housing crisis in London. A sense of community developed among these residents who organized first-aid services, a common kitchen, peer counselling and held daily meetings to identify and solve mutual problems.
London’s tent city grew form a peaceful protest in a downtown park into the Unity Project: an organization that provides emergency shelter and transitional housing with a peer-supported community model. With the support of hundreds of individuals, social service agencies, city councillors, labour organization and sizable grants from the City of London and the Canadian Auto Workers Social Justice Fund, the Unity project was able to purchase, renovate and open its own facility on Dundas Street. The shelter opened on August 11, 2003; two years to the day after the occupation of Campbell Park.
How can I help?
The Unity Project is committed to providing an opportunity for volunteers to grow personally and enhance their skills. Our volunteer program provides individuals with an opportunity to meaningfully participate in the following ways:
- Front Line Service: assist staff with daily routines and maintenance
- Student Placements: providing internship opportunities as part of a degree program
- Special Project: get involved to assist with specific events
- Community Volunteers: serve on committees and advisory boards, get involved in planning and implementing various projects.
For more information, click here.
There are 3 easy ways to give! Help us keep healthy food on our table, the lights and heat on, and our programs and services running 24/7…365 days a year.
C. Organize a Fundraiser
Create a fundraiser, throw a party or start a collection drive in our honour.
For tips on how to start a third party fundraiser, click here.