The Average Life expectancy of a homeless person is 39 years.

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Spring 2014
News Update

March 2014
Environmental Scan


Dr. Stephen Gaetz is new President of Raising the Roof


We welcome Dr. Stephen Gaetz as Raising the Roof’s new Board President. Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and Professor at Toronto’s York University. Dr. Gaetz has strong research interests in homelessness, youth culture and community development and has worked to mobilize research for greatest impact on policy, planning and service provision.

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Launch of annual national Toque Campaign

Toque Campaign 2015 


We are thrilled to announce Canadian Traffic Network, Intact Financial Corporation and Paul Davis Systems as National Partners on the 2015 Toque Campaign. It’s shaping up to be the best year yet with a diverse line of products to choose from! We are currently recruiting more Partner Agencies in communities across Canada. Click here for an application.

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Environmental Scan Released

This Environmental Scan represents the first step in our national Child and Family Homelessness initiative. It  includes input from 40+ service providers, advocates and researchers about the work they do to address family homelessness. It also highlights hundreds of initiatives – in Canada and internationally – that are improving the lives of homeless families and children.

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Lead Partner -  Children's Mental Heath Pillar of the Child and Family Homelessness Initiative

Each year, across Canada, thousands of families and their children lack one of the most fundamental  human needs – stable, permanent housing.  Many of them take refuge in emergency shelters or find temporary accommodation with family or friends. This project will shed light on the causes of child and family homelessness – and potential solutions.   

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