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?
In-the-moment Triage, Shelter Diversion and Shelter Accommodation with wrap-around supports to ease crisis and help develop a personal action plan for housing and stability
Nightly stays with meals; first-come-first-served, after 6:30 pm
Short-term stays up to 30 days (longer if needed)
Private rooms with shared amenities for stays up to a year, with case-management support
HOUSING STABILITY PROGRAM
Intensive in-home supports to obtain housing and maintain stability in community
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.