To date, HHTH York Region has raised over $1,500,000! Funds raised through the 2022 York Region Tournament stay in York Region to support two deserving organizations — 360°Kids and Blue Door.
The Transitions Housing program is a voluntary program helping youth live independently in their communities. This program assists youth aged 16-26 across York Region. It allows them live in an apartment for up to 36 months while paying a gradual increased rent each year. Funds from HHTH will support the Transitions Housing program. At Transitions, youth pay an affordable rent which gradually increases over the duration of the three years that they are able to stay in the program for while receiving all the benefits the 360°kids support teams can provide. After the three years are up, youth work with their Coordinator to help fully transition them to independent living.
With the support of HHTH, Blue Door’s supportive housing program “Abode” will provide life-changing support to families experiencing homelessness. Launched in 2020, Abode aims to strategically reduce episodic and chronic homelessness by helping families work towards greater independence, and self-sufficiency, and overcome housing barriers – ultimately securing and retaining a home of their own. Before Abode, families in York Region had three months in emergency housing programs to secure their ownhousing. This intended length of stay is not nearly long enough for very vulnerable families to address and overcome compounding housing barriers, including limited income, physical and mental health issues, past traumas, and employment-related barriers. Blue Door is all too familiar with the painful reality that without longer-term supportive housing, families are at risk of becoming chronically homeless. Abode incorporates best practices from a Housing First approach by offering families up to one year of subsidized housing and support services.