With the average local rent prices continuing to rise, how are people supposed to afford housing? How are employers going to retain employees when there is nowhere to live?

We need your help to start addressing these issues around housing and homelessness. We want to build a safe and inclusive community that would have affordable, mid-level and market rate options.

With your help, you would not only be supporting your community but you would be creating a legacy for your family for years to come. Everyone has a right to a safe, decent and affordable home.

WHAT IS THE PROBLEM?

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47% of renter households in Windsor-Essex are spending 30% of their income or more on rent, meaning they are living in housing that is not affordable to them.

That’s nearly half of our local population that cannot afford the average apartment rent.

What’s more, households in the bottom third of renters income distribution (households with incomes below $23,990) are essentially entirely priced out of the rental market, with only 10% of available units affordable to them.

To fill the current housing gap and account for population growth & changes, Windsor-Essex would need 12,900 additional affordable rental housing units by 2028.


HOW CAN WE HELP?

In just 4 short years we have opened a resource centre, a 24/7 supportive housing facility and became debt-free while initiating new programming. We have successfully received multiple grants and in April 2021 secured a partnership with the County of Essex to support on-going annual funding for our supportive housing program.

We do, however, want to secure our future and this initiative would help us do that and more.

BE A PART OF HISTORY

We have also partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a select number to be 3D-printed homes. These homes will be the first in Canada!

The Habitat for Humanity team is setting its sights on completing four 3D-printed, residential homes with The Bridge in 2022.

“Habitat for Humanity believes everyone has the right to a safe, decent, affordable place to live,”

says Fiona Coughlin, Executive Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex. “As this cutting-edge technology is evolving, we are excited to partner with the Bridge to find ways to provide housing solutions in our community.”

Coughlin notes that current building codes in Canada are not written with these novel 3D-printing technologies in mind. One of the goals of the project is to design a 3D-printed home that meets residential building code requirements and produce landmark precedents for future practices in cost­ effective and environmentally sustainable home construction across the country.



WHY DONATE TO US

The Bridge is investing in housing, not only to do our part in addressing this housing crisis, but the initiative will also provide on-going operating dollars to sustain the organization long-term. Here’s how you can support the ‘Welcome Home’ initiative.


TIER 1

TITLE SPONSOR

$1,000,000
1 SLOT AVAILABLE

Housing complex and laneway naming rights

Logo on all capital campaign materials, including social media and website

Logo will be on billboards

Naming rights media event

Plaque on donor wall

Lifetime sponsorship

TIER 2

VILLAGE SPONSOR

$500,000
3 SLOTS AVAILABLE

Village Sign (uniform across the villages)

Logo on website

Media release with photo op

Plaque on donor wall

Lifetime sponsorship

TIER 3

HOUSE SPONSOR

$100,000
42 SLOTS AVAILABLE

House Plaque (uniform across all houses)

Logo on website

Media release with photo op

Plaque on donor wall

Lifetime sponsorship

Looking for More Ways to Help?

If you think there are other ways that you can help us serve youth in the greater Leamington area, please get in touch with a member of our staff.