Lived Experts Weigh In: Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

Announcement: Lived Expertise Prototyping Report Now AvailableThe Lived Expertise Prototyping process was started in 2023 so that staff and Council at the Region of Waterloo could learn and benefit directly from the insights and knowledge of those with lived or living experience of homelessness and housing instability.

It has been an honour for the Social Development Centre to facilitate this ongoing process, and today we are pleased to share the final report outlining the recommendations made by the Lived Expertise prototyping cohort for addressing homelessness in Waterloo Region.

Report highlights and link to report

You're Invited: SDC Open House!

2024 SDC Open House FlyerWe can't wait to welcome you into our space again at this year's open house on Tuesday, March 26 (4-7pm)!

Come meet the new faces on our team. Socialize with others who share your values. Learn how you can strengthen grassroots and community connections. And bring a copy of this flyer for a chance to win one of our door prizes!

A Community Dialogue On Homelessness

Save the Date Graphic: Hope for Ending Homelessness - A Community DialogueNo more status quo solutions! 
SDC invites you to join community organizers, service providers, and elected officials on March 9 for an evening of learning and advocacy around homelessness and housing policy. The purpose of Hope for Ending Homelessness - A Community Dialogue" is to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to build a shared understanding - of the issues, potential solutions, and the support that's needed from all levels of government to address this crisis.

Reserve your spot today.

Funding Announcement: Plan to End Chronic Homelessness

Funding Announcement Graphic: Plan to End Chronic HomelessnessSDC is thrilled to receive funding from Region of Waterloo to continue delivering two critical programs as part of the Region's Plan to End Chronic Homelessness:

  1. The Eviction Prevention Peer Support Program, which plays an essential role in addressing homelessness in the long-term here in Waterloo Region.
  2. The Lived Expertise Prototyping Project, a unique initiative that invites community members with lived expertise in homelessness to directly influence the Region's Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.

Read the full media release here.

SDC is Hiring a Part-Time Bookkeeper!

Job Posting for Part-time Bookkeeper Role at SDCDo the values of the Social Development Centre (SDC) resonate with you? Come and join our team! We are recruiting for the position of a Part-Time Bookkeeper who will be responsible for supporting (with the potential to eventually manage) the day-to-day accounting responsibilities for SDC.

If interested, please review the job posting for more details and apply by February 16, 2024. Not having all the listed skills and qualifications should not in and of itself exclude you from submitting an application. SDC is committed to hiring people with diverse abilities and backgrounds.

Announcing Some Big Changes to the SDC Team

Photos of the SDC Staff Team Our ED, Aleksandra Petrovic, is on sabbatical

After nearly a decade at SDC, Aleks is taking a well-deserved break. We feel her absence every day, but hope you'll join us in wishing Aleks the very best as she takes this time away to focus on herself.

Who to contact in Aleks' absence

There's no denying we have some very big shoes to fill. But just over a year ago, Aleks transitioned SDC to a Distributed Leadership model, where ED functions such as liaising with the Board, and guiding the mission and vision of the organization, were shared across multiple roles. With Aleks on sabbatical, the Distributed Leadership Team will fully assume all of her former responsibilities...

Check Out "Falling Through the Cracks" At Willow River Centre

Falling Through the Cracks photo exhibit at Willow River CentreThanks to O:se Kenhionhata:tie, the "Falling Through the Cracks" photo exhibit will be at Willow River Centre throughout January - March, 2024! Developed as part of a research project undertaken by Wilfrid Laurier University and members of the Lived Expertise Working Group (LEWG), the exhibit provides an opportunity to discover the powerful perspectives and voices of displacement in Waterloo Region.
Where: Willow River Centre, 243 King St. E, Kitchener
When: Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, until March 31, 2024

Office Closure & Staff Development Days

Festive graphic announcing the SDC Office will be closed December 18, 2023 to January 2, 2024

Office Closure:

The SDC office will be closed Monday, December 18, 2023 to Tuesday, January 2, 2024 to give our team a chance to rest, reflect, and recharge for the new year.

Staff Development Days:

Our team will be back at work on Tuesday, January 2, 2024, but you may experience slower response times as we take part in staff development sessions January 2 - 5, 2024. We thank you in advance for your patience as we do our best to get back to you in a timely way!

We hope this holiday season brings you rest, warmth, and care - and all the very best in the new year.

Eviction Prevention Support Now at Waterloo Public Library

Promotional Graphic announcing Eviction Prevention Tenant Support will now have regular office hours at Waterloo Public Library

We are thrilled to partner with Waterloo Public Library (WPL) to have an Eviction Prevention Peer Worker on-site at the Main Library every Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm.

The peer worker can be found on the upper level at the desk beside the non-fiction large print books. Please ask staff at the Information Desk if you need help locating the Eviction Prevention Peer Worker.

Eviction Prevention Six Month Report

Nov 8 2023

The success stories are gradually multiplying as the awareness, partnerships and tenant capacity building to challenge evictions spread  across the three cities. Read the six month report, April to September 2023, explore the case studies and internal evolution of the team, now including a Tenant Organizing Peer Worker. Get in touch with our team, as they learn and evolve the ways to walk alongside tenants in their struggles to ensure their right to home. We are happy to let you know also that Waterloo Region ACORN, the newly formed Tenant Union, is hosting meetings and organizing in the Civic Hub.