In September 2013, All-Together received from the Zegouras family, a very generous gift of property in memory of their parents, Diane and George, former mayor of the City of Belleville. This exceptional donation combined with substantial support from the Parrott Foundation means that All-Together can move ahead this spring with our first Healthy Space Housing project.LEARN MORE DONATE NOW
The Ontario Non-Profit Housing Corporation recently launched a multi-year campaign called Housing Opens Doors.
The goal of the campaign is simple: to make affordable housing a priority here in Ontario. Getting affordable housing right will pay enormous long-term dividends for our province and local communities:
As the campaign says, if Ontario wants to get its house in order, it needs to get its housing in order. Learn More
There is a large body of international and national research work that demonstrates the close links between housing and health.
Improving housing conditions improves the lives of everyone who needs accessible, adequate affordable housing, including people living with HIV/AIDS, disability, chronic illnesses, and mental health issues. When people with chronic illnesses have stable housing, they are more likely to adhere to treatment regimes, have a better quality of life, and generally experience better health outcomes. Learm More
In 2008, the Government of Canada allocated $110 million to the Mental Health Commission of Canada a research demonstration project on mental health and homelessness. The result? At Home/Chez soi, a four year project on the effectiveness of the "housing first" approach, where people are provided with a place to live and then offered recovery-oriented services and supports that best meet their individual needs. The following were some of the main findings:
We provide long-term housing solutions for single, low-income individuals who are living with long-term mental or physical health challenges or earning below the low-income cut-off as identified in the most recent National Household Survey.
We have chosen to focus on developing micro-housing spaces since they provide the most environmentally sustainable and economically efficient way to provide affordable long-term housing for low-income individuals.
All-Together is an active member of The Affordable Housing Action Network, a group of more than 100 individuals and agencies who have chosen to work collaboratively to make a difference in the area of homelessness and affordable housing. We actively support local, provincial and national campaigns to raise awareness of the importance of affordable housing, including the multi-year campaign by ONPHA called Housing Opens Doors which made a local stop at the Quinte Mall, Belleville in June 2013.
All-Together, as a bricks-and-mortar agency with a solid record of supportive housing projects and collaborative partnerships, is a Housing First leader in the Quinte Region.
All-Together understands that Housing is Health. Our March 2013 Positive Space Housing study confirmed both the need to find housing solutions for persons living with HIV/AIDS in our region and the suitability of All-Together for this task. Thanks to a generous donation of property from a prominent local Belleville family, All-Together will be able to provide our community with our first Healthy Space housing project for individuals facing chronic mental and physical illnesses.
We are entirely managed by volunteers, which means that over 95% of the money we raise goes directly into help those in need.