All-Together Housing Celebrates 10th Anniversary by Stephen Petrick, Belleville News, July 10, 2017
Affordable Housing celebrated its 10th anniversary last week – and there was plenty to celebrate as the corporation also received a $51,100 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant.
The news was unveiled July 7 at a ceremony at All-Together’s 51 Victoria Ave. unit, a building which offers permanent residences and transitional units.
All-Together Housing is a non-profit charitable organization that offers housing to Canadian Mental Health Association and HIV/Aids Regional Services clients.
The agency believes there is considerable research to support the link between health and housing, which is one of reasons the agency chooses to partner with the CMHA and HARS.
“All-Together is deeply grateful for this grant which helped us complete renovations to our Healthy Space Housing project at 51 Victoria Ave.,” said Bob Cottrell, President of All-Together Housing. “The renovations have made possible the creation of a community meeting space for non-profit groups focused on poverty reduction initiatives and positive space housing options, a barrier-free washroom and a transitional housing unit for low-income individuals living with chronic illnesses, either physical or mental.”
Cottrell believes there are a number of measurable benefits to its Healthy Space housing project, including being the first housing agency between Toronto and Ottawa to provide supportive housing options to persons living with HIV/AIDS and offering a model of affordable housing within the local community.
All-Together was formed in July 2007 when four local community agencies — Community Advocacy and Legal Centre, Hastings Housing Resource Centre, Three Oaks Shelter for Women and United Way Quinte — decided to create a new affordable housing agency. The agency now has a second building, called Tom’s Place, on Forin Street. It’s primarily used for transitional housing for seniors.
“There is an affordable housing crisis here,” says Cottrell. “There is also a need for much more supportive housing, which is why we are grateful for the partnerships we have formed to support some of our more vulnerable tenants.”
Although wait-lists for affordable housing continue to be long and the resources of mental health agencies are stretched thin, Cottrell is optimistic that the future will be better, as senior governments are making more pledges to solve housing shortages.
“The next decade promises to be a historic one for affordable housing,” he said. “Municipalities and affordable housing providers will find themselves with $11.2 billion more to spend on new and existing units over the coming decade, as part of the federal government’s multipronged push to help people find homes.”
Click here for a number of FB Video Posts celebrating our 10th Anniversary:
Helen Zegouras Addresses our Guests
MP Neil Ellis presents All-Together with 10 Year Anniversary Certificate