United Way of Peel Region Congratulates Regional Council on Investment in Shelter for Youth

PEEL REGION (April 14, 2016) – Earlier today United Way of Peel Region made a deputation to Regional Council in support of a staff recommendation  to retrofit the Chinguacousy Learn Play Care Centre to accommodate up to 30 beds for youth on an interim basis.

Shelley White, President and CEO, United Way of Peel Region said to Regional Council. “I was both encouraged and deeply moved by the report before Council today. This interim solution means we will have 30 more youth shelter beds for vulnerable kids. These young people will have a safe, warm and supportive place to sleep and to begin the process of putting their lives back together. They will know they matter - this will save lives."

Last year the one youth shelter for Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga, Our Place Peel, experienced such high demand, they had to turn away over 450 kids due to lack of space.

Currently homeless youth in crisis have only the 14 beds at Our Place Peel, compared to Toronto at 500 beds. Last year, 14,520 people including almost 4,000 children and youth used homeless shelters and transitional housing in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

United Way of Peel Region is focused on poverty reduction. Collectively, we work to reduce poverty, prevent poverty and support people living in crisis right now.

“We commend Regional Council and staff for their swift action on this urgent issue. We look forward to being involved in the development of short, medium and long term plans to preventing and supporting youth homelessness in our community.” said White.

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: www.unitedwaypeel.org.

Media contacts:

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