United Way of Peel Region Announces Investments in Homelessness Intervention Strategy at Annual General Meeting

PEEL REGION (June 21, 2016) – Today, at its Annual General Meeting, United Way announced an investment of over $1.9 million to support their homelessness reduction and prevention strategy. The funds will provide critical services to meet the growing need in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

“Last year, over 14,000 people including almost 4,000 children and youth used homeless shelters and transitional housing – right here in our community. There is significant need for increased crisis intervention, interim supports and long term prevention strategies,” said Shelley White, United Way of Peel Region President and CEO.

“The $1.9 million announced today provides access to emergency shelter, supports those in shelters to secure stable housing and prevents people from falling into homelessness in the future. This is a start. There is more to do – today and over the medium and long term. We are encouraged by the momentum we’ve seen building across the region in terms of awareness and commitment. We look forward to continuing this work with community and government partners to ensure everyone has a warm place to sleep.”

Over 200 community leaders gathered at the Mississauga Grand Banquet Hall for the announcement of United Way of Peel Region’s 2015/16 Community Impact. Chief Justice Donald McLeod delivered the keynote address highlighting the critical importance of quality, affordable housing. Justice McLeod drew on personal experiences to mobilize and motivate the audience.

The 2015/16 Community Impact report shows:

  • 101,970 individuals received the help they needed as they faced complex challenges including abuse, mental illness and social isolation
  • 71,486 children and youth who accessed programs are on a path to succeed, now and in the future
  • 34,140 individuals accessed United Way funded food programs that provided healthy and nutritious meals

207,596 LIVES IMPACTED OVERALL

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