“The Red Door provided that brief sanctuary that I desperately needed to get back control over my life and to begin to build a healthy future for my son and daughter. The resources that they connected us with have been invaluable — finding housing, therapy support, daycare for my children and even the food bank when we need it. It’s really like we’re still part of that family, knowing that our Outreach Worker is there for us anytime we need her. With that kind of support behind you, there’s no way you can’t succeed.”
Anne, a mother of two
Supportive services that help families transition out of the shelter and into a more permanent and stable home are essential, because the harsh reality for homeless families in Toronto is the very limited availability of affordable housing. The majority of the families we assist to move back into the community are still at high risk of being homeless, because moving into private market housing means they will most likely be spending more than 50% of their income on rent leaving very little money left for all the other household expenses, such as food, hydro, basic supplies and clothing.
This is why Red Door continues to focus on assisting families to remain housed once they are back in the community through our Outreach Programs. During the last year alone, 176 families used our food banks, 123 families were assisted in their move back into the community by our Moving Program, and 100 families were sponsored through our a holiday giving program.
These transitional support programs work. With the assistance of our outreach support services, over 95% of clients continue to find and maintain housing, improve connections to community supports, reduce their social isolation and achieve long-term stability and independence, keeping families strong and communities stronger.
But each service we provide and each program we develop means that we require the support of the entire community to make it all happen.