WoodGreen Community Services

WoodGreen Community Services

November 09, 2006 10:00 ET

WoodGreen Community Services wins CMHC award for affordable housing

Homeward Bound program awarded for holistic, integrated approach to family services

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2006) - Homeward Bound, Canada's first fully integrated transition program for young mother-led families, was awarded a prestigious Housing Award from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation at a national ceremony in Ottawa. Toronto-based WoodGreen Community Services created the program to help these families, who have experienced homelessness.

"The CMHC Housing Awards recognize individuals and groups in the public and private sectors that have created innovative housing solutions," says Karen Kinsley, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. "The individuals and organizations awarded this year have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments in the creation of affordable housing."

Homeward Bound provides hope to young mothers and their children by offering services designed to help them achieve total self-sufficiency. Programs range from education and employment training, transitional housing and on-site child care to one-on-one counseling for the mothers and their children. Upon completion of the program, participants are offered permanent employment with one of the program's partner corporations.

"In our experience, providing shelter is just the beginning," says Brian Smith, President of WoodGreen Community Services. "To create true independence and long-lasting change for the families participating in the program, Homeward Bound addresses every step of the journey toward a sustainable lifestyle."

Launched in October 2004, Homeward Bound is a result of the pioneering efforts of WoodGreen and the personal commitment of prominent Canadian business leader Ed Clark, President and CEO of the TD Financial Group, and his wife, Fran.

Awarded every two years, past CMHC Housing Awards have addressed themes including housing for persons with disabilities, families, Aboriginal people, and young people. This year, the awards recognized best practices in affordable housing.

Homeward Bound partners and sponsors include The Counselling Foundation of Canada, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Sun Life Financial, TD Canada Trust, Seneca College, East York Rotary Club, United Way, Canadian Tire Foundation for Families, PAL Benefits, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, Tridel and The Metcalf Foundation, as well as all three orders of government.

About WoodGreen Community Services
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Founded as a community centre in 1937, WoodGreen has grown to more than 15 locations and hundreds of partner organizations. Its mission is to deliver services that promote wellness and self-sufficiency, reduce poverty and inequality, and build sustainable communities. Every year, WoodGreen supports more than 37,000 individuals and families to help them to live independently within their own communities. The organization does this through a number of essential services, including affordable housing solutions, employment training, quality child care, after-school programs, help for new immigrants, supports for individuals with mental health or developmental challenges, and care for seniors.
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  • Debra Douglass, Pilot PMR
    Primary Phone: 416-462-0199 ext. 24
    Secondary Phone: 416-526-8988