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Making local issues #UNIGNORABLE  

We love where we live. But poverty is hurting our communities and the people who live here. Kids are going to school hungry. Far too many individuals are struggling to put an affordable roof over their heads. 

As the largest funder of social services after government, United Way is on the ground in local communities across Peel, Toronto and York Region. Through our network of 270 community agencies, we deliver local services and supports to help tackle local poverty and related #UNIGNORABLE issues including hunger, homelessness, social isolation and mental health. 

Making progress on poverty in 2018-19

POVERTY

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The GTA is the poverty capital of Canada with more people living in poverty than anywhere else in the country.

2.3 plus Million dollars

services to people across Greater Toronto

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY

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More than 10,000 people across the GTA are using shelters, 24-hour respite services or living “rough” outdoors.

137,000 plus

We provided 137,000+ shelter spaces to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness in one year alone

CHILD POVERTY

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One in six kids live in a household that struggles to put food on the table.

60,802

Children and families received support in early learning and parenting to provide children a foundation for success in 2018/19

United Way’s strategy in action

YOUTH

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United Way’s Youth Success Strategy helps connect youth facing multiple barriers with meaningful training and job opportunities, helping them access the opportunities they need to thrive.

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NEIGHBOURHOODS

United Way’s Building Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy focuses on building community connections and making place-based investments in neighbourhoods experiencing poverty.

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