THE CHALLENGE

IN CANADA, HOMELESSNESS IS FAST BECOMING A SERIOUS ISSUE, ESPECIALLY IN OUR WINTER MONTHS WHEN SLEEPING ROUGH CAN BE FATAL. WHILE SHELTERS ARE DOING THEIR BEST, THEY ARE OFTEN OVERCROWDED AND STRAIN TO ACCOMMODATE DEMAND.

DID YOU KNOW?

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235,500 CANADIANS COPE WITH HOMELESSNESS ANNUALLY

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35,000 CANADIANS HOMELESS ANY GIVEN NIGHT

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ABOUT 2 HOMELESS PEOPLE DIE PER WEEK IN TORONTO

OUR PROJECT

TO HELP ADDRESS THE ISSUE OF HOMELESSNESS, HUMANITY FIRST IS STARTING A NEW PROJECT, THE HUMANITY FIRST SHELTER BUS.


WHAT IS THE HUMANITY FIRST SHELTER BUS?


THE HUMANITY FIRST SHELTER BUS IS A REPURPOSED COACH BUS, OPTIMIZED TO PROVIDE A SAFE AND COMFORTABLE PLACE TO SLEEP OVERNIGHT.


IT IS A CLIMATE-CONTROLLED MOBILE SHELTER THAT INCLUDES UP TO 20 BEDS, A KITCHENETTE, LOUNGE SPACE AND SECURE STORAGE.

THE MISSION

AUGMENT

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EXISTING SHELTER CAPACITY

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PROVIDE

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MOBILE SHELTER

ENGAGE

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WITH HOMELESS COMMUNITY

PROMOTE

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AWARENESS

HOW WILL THE SHELTER BUS WORK?

THE SHELTER BUS WILL OPERATE OVERNIGHT WITH A VOLUNTEER DRIVER AND CARETAKERS. THESE VOLUNTEERS WILL ENGAGE WITH THOSE IN NEED OF THE SHELTER BUS SERVICE AND DISTRIBUTE A CARE PACKAGE IS TO EACH USER (EX. WARM SOCKS, TOOTHBRUSH AND OTHER NECESSITIES). THE SHELTER BUS ALSO HOPES TO COORDINATE WITH OTHER LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTERS IN THE GREATER TORONTO AREA (GTA) TO HELP RELIEVE THEIR EXCESS DEMAND.

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