Continued Support for Eviction Prevention

Mar 6 2023

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Eviction Prevention Waterloo Region was the recipient of the 2022 Spirit Award 2022 from the United Way Waterloo Region Communities. The funding extends into 2023, making it possible for tenants who are BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+, living with disabilities, immigrants or seniors to have a fighting chance to keep their homes. This is a project that brings many community partners together and directly addresses the risk of homelessness for the most underserved groups. Future partnerships with regional municipalities are needed to mitigate the impact of inadequate enforcement of tenants rights, and introduce tenant supports and relocation strategies.

Virtual and In-Person Tax Filing Support 2023

Feb 28 2023

Volunteer Tax Clinics 2023"Lesley Crompton Tax Prep Services" provides free tax return preparation for low-income individuals and families (income <$45,000 per individual). Returns can be done virtual, drop off or in-person at the Civic Hub Waterloo Region Appointments are required for all returns and can be booked through email at or 519-572-2570.

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Also, there is a Year Round Virtual SDCWR Tax Clinic are available to those that qualify. Last year you must have: income less than $35,000 as an individual or $45,000 as a couple. MUST have a simple return; no self-employment. To confirm if you are suited for our clinic, email us at, or call us at 519-579-3800, ext. 5. Emails are preferred. 

Community Wellbeing Survey Feedback

Feb 22 2023

Wellbeing Survey 2022The 2022 Community Wellbeing Survey preliminary results were released by the Canadian Index of Wellbeing Team, and SDC has completed its feedback report. Close 5,000 surveys were submitted, while SDC's community connectors collected over 280 responses from underrepresented and hard to reach populations. With the onset of the 2022 Wellbeing Survey process, SDCWR joined other partner organizations in mobilizing their staff and community connectors to take part in:

  • planning of the engagement strategies for the hardest to reach populations (low income, homeless and precariously housed, persons with disabilities, BIPOC, immigrants)

Displacement in Ontario and Tenant Organizing

Feb 16 2023

The Many Faces of Displacement provincial project is well on its way in collaboration with the Social Planning Network of Ontario. Each of the regions involved in the project are close to finishing gathering stories of displacement and eviction in their communities, York Region, Cornwall and Area, Kingston and Oxford County. All of the regions gather weekly to discuss the stories they are hearing and the themes that are coming up repeatedly, as well as the similarities and differences they are seeing across the regions.

LEWG Members Embarking on New Projects

Feb 9 2023

Lived Expertise Working GroupThe Group has completed a string of interviews to unpack current barriers and solutions to lived expertise work, such as trauma and diversity, accountability to the process by both municipal partners and lived experts, and the persisting tokenism. The Working Group members are proud and enthusiastic about co-creating the approach being used and have identified even more opportunities to keep improving the process and the collaboration with municipal staff and councils.

Homeless Creating Solutions for the Homeless

Feb 3 2023

YouTube Beyond the BulletinWe may not need another research on homelessness and supports to homeless in Waterloo Region for a long time. A lot has been said and remains ignored to the large extent today. The project we are starting in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo with Prof. Brian Doucet at University of Waterloo and Prof. Laura Pin from Wilfrid Laurier University is rooted in participatory action research approach. Contradiction? The reason we are grounding it in self-reflective approaches, participatory methods and prototyping is to allow for the lived experience voices to be heard, responded to and their wisdom actioned upon by the regional and city governments. After the January court ruling on the 100 Victoria encampment, there is a greater recognition of the violations of the human rights to shelter, safety and life, we wish to contribute to a greater awareness of the urgency to act in collaboration with lived experts on initiatives similar to the hybrid shelter in Waterloo or access to warming centres during weekends and holidays. Together with the partners on this project we hope to do this work with, not for, the people who gained invaluable insight and resilience through struggle, hardship and ongoing criminalization. As the project evolves through the regional planning to end chronic homelessness, take a listen of the podcast Prof. Brian Doucet recorded with Beyond the Bulletin. 

Grassroots Organizing Boost 2023

Jan 2 2023

“The Upstream Fund has the potential to shift the balance of power in our Region, and begin to prevent harm before it happens” said Community Change Committee Member Pamela Fehr.

Social Development Centre's Civic Hub program is among 41 groups and organizations who received funding through the Upstream Fund in 2023. Revival of Civic Hub partner groups self-governance, financial capacity and anti-oppression, anti-racism practices will be the focus of our team's work to incubate and nurture community-based grassroots initiatives. Community Safety and Wellbeing Plan

Office Closed December 23 to January 2

Dec 13 2022

When it comes to work, face to face or virtually, our associates and staff deserve to feel valued, supported and inspired. The slowdown time is offered regularly throughout the year, and we are offering a week before Christmas as a slowdown week for planning and reflection, and the week after Christmas, as a paid holiday at the Social Development Centre. Staff self-care and time to disconnect contribute to a nurturing environment. We wish you all equally supportive and energizing holiday time before we meet afresh in 2023! 

I Am Not Invisible - December 3rd 2022

Nov 10 2022

December 3rd Event "I Am Not Invisible", an open event at the Kitchener Public Library, organized by Disabilities and Human Rights Group, complements a range of activities in the three cities on December 3rd, the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This panel discussion will shine a light on the living experience of young people with invisible disabilities, their challenges, successes, and accomplishments. KPL Central Branch, at the auditorium, 1pm-2:30pm, Join this important conversation! 

Restitution and Reconciliation Statement Nov 8 2022

Nov 8 2022

Through our work we are in frequent tension with oppressive systems that are our collective legacy of the colonialization. We exist within these oppressive systems, we are sometimes oppressed by them, we are sometimes made complicit by them.  Read the full statement made on November 8th 2022, at the opening night "In The Penal Colony" with MJ Drama and the local actor Kevin White at the Registry Theater.