News from the Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG)

Feb 3 2013

Get all the most important news from HHUG Quarterly Newsletter January 2013: Homelessness to Housing Stability Strategy for Waterloo Region, Ending Family Homelessness, Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), and the Coldest Night of the Year Walk, a family-friendly winter fundraising event for Kitchener/Waterloo.

Our Commitment to Social Assistance Reform

Jan 25 2013

Poverty-Free Kitchener Waterloo has shared the following letter after the community forum "Resolution for 2013 - A Poverty Free Ontario" with candidates for Ontario Liberal leadership. We will be using it to set the tone of future conversations with partners and allies, in order to ensure a successful social assistance system transformation.

Resolution for 2013 Forum Panel Presentations

Jan 23 2013

Peter Clutterbuck - A Measure of Adequate Rates, A Measure of Inclusion
Social Planning Network of Ontario

Resolution for 2013 – A Poverty Free Ontario

Jan 19 2013

The Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo and partners in the Poverty Free Kitchener-Waterloo Action Group hosted a Community Forum on Ontario’s Social Assistance Reform on Saturday, January 19th, 2013.

First reactions after the forum: We need more of these and we need to keep the conversation ongoing! - Engage and promote to encourage wider participation. - Great number of actions to be taken. Don't lose the momentum!

Technology Training Workshops

Jan 18 2013

Whether you have never touched a computer before or you would like to learn more, we can help! Beginner's workshops are held Monday & Saturday mornings. Intermediate workshops are held Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. One-on-one training also available.

FREE to all. Registration required.

Regional Municipality of Waterloo to Save CSUMB

Dec 20 2012

The Regional Council requests that the Province reverse its decision to terminate the Community Start Up and Maintenance Benefit, or at minimum provide transitional funding for at least two years during which the program and policy alternatives may be developed that will help address the termination of the CSUMB. This is an example of initiatives happening across Ontario. The Ontario Communities Uniting have endorsed a Joint Statement on December 14th in Hamilton, and mobilize a common response to government cuts to critical programs for individuals on social assistance.

12 Days of Action to Stop Wage Theft

Dec 18 2012

Day 9 of 12 Days of Action - Email the Minister of Labor Linda Jeffrey to let her know what wage theft means to you this holiday season. Visit the Worker's Action Centre 12 Days of Action Campaign to Stop the Wage Theft.

Giving This Holiday Season

Dec 10 2012

For many, the holiday season brings out a desire to give back to our community and help those less fortunate than ourselves. We reach out to help in tangible ways such as donating a toy or volunteering to serve a holiday meal. There are many other ways to volunteer time or give to local organizations that can really make a difference in people’s lives. There are many organizations that do great work year round in addition to taking steps to make the holiday season a merry and bright one for those they support. The following are some ways to give and to give back this holiday season, some of which can be done by the whole family!

Additional Budget Public Input Session January 9th

Dec 10 2012

Join the conversation on January 9th 2013 at 7pm, at the additional Waterloo Region Budget Public Input Session. Register your presentation before the Regional Council by January 3rd at noon.

Before you do, take a look at what some of the delegations were presenting at the last input session on December 5th that lasted from 6 pm until after 9 pm.

Media Release - Removing Barriers to Create and Inclusive and Accessible Society for All

Dec 2 2012

Monday December 3rd is the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for 2012 is: Removing Barriers to Create and Inclusive and Accessible Society for All.

The reality of day to day life with a disability is not easily understood by those of us who do not experience these challenges. We can all become better informed and play a role in removing barriers to inclusion. This December 3rd, take time to consider barriers in our community and how these limit the full participation of many amongst us.