Poverty to Possibility

United Way Elgin Middlesex investments prioritize reducing poverty and serving equity-deserving people most affected by social challenges in our region. Our funding focuses on supporting urgent needs and promoting independence and long-term financial stability.

In a community where everyone matters, we all look after one another. When individuals and families are facing tough times, we extend our hands to help with immediate needs and connect them to programs and services proven to lead to long-term independence.

The issue

1 in 7 people

In London, live in poverty

1 in 5 children

In Elgin-St. Thomas, live in poverty

24%

of Ontario’s Indigenous population lives below the poverty line compared to 14% of the non-Indigenous population

Our response

Poverty to Possibility United Way Elgin Middlesex allocated 37% ($1,741,450) of our Community Fund to 19 programs focused on addressing urgent needs and promoting independence and long-term financial stability.

Poverty to Possibility
United Way Elgin Middlesex allocated 37% ($1,741,450) of our Community Fund to 19 programs focused on addressing urgent needs and promoting independence and long-term financial stability.

United Way Elgin Middlesex plays a key leadership and support role in the initiatives critical to meeting the needs of individuals living in poverty or low-income. These include:

The London Homeless Coalition (LHC) exists to advise, shape and coordinate community responses to homelessness, and related needs to the London area.

A collective of community experts across sectors have designed a system response to our housing crisis.

The outcomes

Community Resource Centres and other service agencies are an open door to a network of support for individuals, newcomers, and families. These programs are often the first point of contact when people need food, emergency supplies and referral to other community services. We know that basic needs programs provide more than emergency food and clothing and other items. They offer a warm front door and access to information and referral to other community services.

As costs rise, it is getting more difficult for people in our community to find and keep a safe place to call home. Using a Housing First approach, United Way Elgin Middlesex funds programs that help singles, youth and families experiencing complex challenges get housing and stay housed.

In 2022/2023:

  • 46% of our investments support our ongoing commitment to basic needs and housing supports.
  • 539 clients were able to maintain their housing with support through housing stability programs.
  • 52 clients received support through rural transportation programs in the county.
  • 380 individuals gained access to social benefits through advocacy services.
  • 4,944 children and youth from low-income families increased their access to healthy food.
  • 212,676 meals and snacks were provided.
  • 68,153 food boxes/food hampers were provided.
  • 12,133 shelter nights were provided.
  • 173 individuals were provided with safety features such as locks for doors and windows, and outside lighting to feel safe in their residences.

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Click here to learn more about United Way’s From Poverty to Possibility Strategy.

Roxanne Riddell
Director, Community Impact
Ph: 519-438-1723
Ext. 223
rriddell@unitedwayem.ca

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