United Way Advocates to end Youth Homelessness at Queen’s Park

MISSISSAUGA (November 23, 2015) – Today, United Way of Peel Region joined United Ways across Ontario in a joint meeting with MPPs at Queen’s Park to create awareness and to ultimately, end youth homelessness. Community leaders and organizations throughout the province attended to learn more about how they can work together to put an end to this growing issue.

Last year the one youth shelter for Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, Our Place Peel, experienced such high demand, they turned  away over 450 kids due to lack of space. In addition, service providers working to address youth homelessness through prevention, early intervention, counselling, and mental health supports are stretched. Many services to address youth homelessness don’t exist in Peel Region.

With a waitlist of over 12,000 people, Peel Region has one of the longest social housing waitlists in the country. Over 200,000 individuals in our neighbourhoods are struggling to make ends meet. For them, the threat of homelessness is very real.

“Youth homelessness is a critical issue in our community. When young people are turned away from emergency shelter due to lack of space, where do they go? They couch surf, sleep in cars and sleep on the streets,” said Shelley White, President and CEO of United Way of Peel Region, “United Way of Peel Region is working with key partners to build strategies to end homelessness. Needless to say, we are pleased by the province’s recent commitment to end chronic Homelessness in 10 Years.”  

“As a movement, United Way has a long history of collaborating with partners within our borders and beyond.  I look forward to continuing this dialogue to identify solutions to end Youth Homelessness in Peel and across the province,” said Anita Stellinga, Vice President of Community Investment, United Way of Peel Region.  

United Way is working to reduce poverty, prevent poverty and support those in crisis right now. To learn more about the work of United Way Peel Region or to invest in your community visit:

About United Way of Peel Region
Established in 1967, United Way of Peel Region inspires people from all walks of life to come together to raise funds, volunteer and motivate policy and attitude changes that lead to the improvement of people’s quality of life in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga. United Way’s community investment focus is to help individuals and families move from a life of poverty to one full of possibilities, to ensure all children have the opportunity to be all they can be, and to build strong communities. For more information on United Way’s work in the community visit:

Media contacts:

Roy Saad | Manager, Stakeholder Engagement
416-356-6344 (mobile) | | @unitedwaypeel