One of the most pressing challenges facing Canadians today is housing security. Rising prices and stricter lending rules have meant that for many, an unexpected event such as change in employment or relationship can be the difference maker between owning a home and never being able to afford one again. Young people looking for their first opportunity at ownership are being forced into bidding wars for properties they can barely afford, if they're able to even get a down payment together in the first place.
Along with prices for people looking to buy a home, rents are also trending upwards, meaning for people like single parents or those struggling with mental health, even keeping a roof overhead is not a certainty. Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of Canadians on the verge of homelessness has increased exponentially. That's why Shiraz and I are participating in the first annual Realtors in Motion campaign, organized by the Ontario Realtors Care foundation.
The Ontario REALTORS Care® Foundation works to support shelter-related charities in Ontario. Each year, they help families in need of emergency and permanent housing through their work with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Shelters (Cambridge Shelter, A Place called Home, Out of the Cold, Unity Project), Community Living and many others. Their work helps build vibrant, healthy communities for all Ontarians as they strive to improve quality of life from hunger, the elements, physical/psychological abuse, disabilities and illness.
We hope that you'll join us in supporting this worthy cause with a small donation. Thank you for your support in this very important fundraising initiative!!