A Regional Housing Crisis

A Regional Housing Crisis

In the last several years, Waterloo Region has been one of the fastest growing regions in Ontario, largely due to the region offering residents a high quality of life and relatively low cost of living. However, as the region continues to grow exponentially, it’s becoming increasingly expensive and many residents are being priced out of their homes.

It’s estimated that the region is 800 affordable homes short and a recent report by the Region of Waterloo shows that homelessness has increased dramatically over the last three years, with over 1,000 residents currently without a place to call home.

Our role in supporting our clients during the housing crisis

At Shelter Movers, we provide support throughout our clients’ entire journey to find suitable housing. This has been especially crucial over the last year due to current housing shortages; we routinely provide longer-term storage solutions to the families that we support.

This means that if a client needs to temporarily move to a shelter or a friend’s house, we help them transition through multiple moves to ensure they don’t have to stay in an unsafe home until they have a permanent home. This has been especially challenging lately though because shelters in the region are generally full.

Above all, we recognize that in many situations, our clients can’t take all of their belongings to a temporary home. We want to ensure that they don’t have to deal with the financial burden of starting over.

How you can help

Volunteer with us

We are always looking for passionate volunteers who are looking to make a difference in the lives of those experiencing gender-based violence in Waterloo Region.

View our current postings here.

Host an event

Do you have an event in mind that you’d like to direct funds raised to help benefit Shelter Movers? Whether it’s virtual, in-personal, or even a personal challenge such as a walk or marathon, we’d love to hear your ideas! Learn more.

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