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Post by Sandman on Mon 22 Oct 2018, 6:43 pm

ATCO shows off tiny homes being built for homeless veterans in Calgary

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Post by Maxstar on Tue 23 Oct 2018, 8:01 am

Canada’s first veterans village of tiny homes goes into production

October 22, 2018


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Post by Maxstar on Thu 08 Nov 2018, 4:05 pm

Opinion: Canadian veterans' homelessness is solvable

November 8, 2018

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Post by RunningLight on Fri 09 Nov 2018, 2:30 pm

For thousands of veterans living on the street in Canada, the battle isn’t over

Nov 09, 2018

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Post by Featherally on Sun 11 Nov 2018, 1:38 pm

How one Canadian veteran left a homeless, hopeless life behind him

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Post by Warrior on Thu 29 Nov 2018, 7:46 pm

Figures on homeless vets used by Veterans Affairs wrong: minister

By Charlie Pinkerton. Published on Nov 29, 2018

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Post by Jackson on Sat 08 Dec 2018, 8:58 am

Doug Eyolfson Posted on Facebook Dec 7, 2018

Yesterday, I asked Seamus O'Regan, the Minister of Veteran Affairs, about our government's efforts to address homelessness in our Veteran community.

One homeless Veteran is one too many. This is why I tabled a motion before the Veterans Affairs Committee to study the challenges homeless veteran face, what led to their homelessness and the actions Veterans Affairs Canada is taking to address this issue.

On Nov. 20, our committee began its study on the challenges homeless Veterans face and I will continue to keep you informed of the progress of our study.


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Post by Victor on Fri 28 Dec 2018, 8:44 am

December 28, 2018

Manitoba veteran wants drop-in centre for homeless vets

By Kevin Hirschfield
Reporter Global News



A Manitoba veteran is in the early stages of planning a drop-in centre for homeless vets in the city.



One year ago, veteran Trevor Sanderson was living at the corner of Higgins and Main. He’s now off the street, but can’t stop thinking about other vets who are still there.

“I started realizing that there’s a lot of my brothers and sisters out there that need help and just can’t find it,” he said.

That’s why Sanderson and his girlfriend, Kim, are in the early stages of planning a drop-in centre for homeless vets in the city.

He wants support groups, veteran affairs workers and many other services needed for vets to get back on their feet, all in one place.


“I’ll open my door to just about any veteran. I don’t care what your situation is. I’ll probably end up paying for it one day, but if it helps getting him off the street and saving his life, it’s worth it to me.”

Sanderson served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) from 1991-1993 and said he suffers from PTSD.


“It’s not just veterans that suffer with PTSD,” he said. “It’s family members, our sons, our daughters, our girlfriends, wives, they live with our mood swings and temper tantrums.”

Travis Kelln served for seven years in the navy, but is now without a home in Winnipeg. He said there is a need for such a place, “the resources are right there, the connection is right there,” Kelln said. “Say you have PTSD, depression or anxiety, it’s not so hard for you to go through that red tape and get the help that you need.”

He says Sanderson has given him a somewhere to stay in the last few weeks and has given Kelln plenty of advice on resources he can utilize.


Sanderson says veteran advocate groups have told him there are around 50-75 homeless vets in Winnipeg, but estimates there are many more they don’t know about, meaning that number could be higher.

“This isn’t about me, this isn’t about any one veteran or any one group, this is about all of us,” he said.

Sanderson is working on a business plan and says he will soon ask all three levels of government for funding.

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Post by Rockarm on Mon 04 Feb 2019, 7:00 am

Chase-the-acers dig deep to support homeless veterans

Posted February 4, 2019



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Paul VanEkeren at the Sarnia Legion Hall.



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A casual challenge issued at Sarnia’s Legion Hall recently turned into something pretty special.

It began when Branch 62 regular Paul VanEkeren convinced his table to pool their pocket change for a homeless veterans program run by the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command.

Word spread quickly through the busy Front Street hall, already packed for the weekly “Chase the Ace” draw.

As change rattled into a five-gallon collection jug, branch service officer Bob Chafe grabbed the mic in an appeal for donations.

“(Paul VanEkeren) asked me if I would challenge each table to do the same. His table raised $85, so he asked me to challenge all the other tables,” said Chafe.

“We ended up with just over $1,200.”

“Operation Leave the Streets Behind” assists homeless or near homeless veterans with housing and other supports such as toiletries and clothing, Chafe said.

Since the program began in 2009 it has helped 691 male and female veterans, including a number in Sarnia.

Chafe said donations are accepted at the Legion, located at 286 Front St. North.

“One of the greatest feelings you’ll ever have is to be able to help somebody. But when you can help somebody that has served our country and worn the uniform, it doesn’t get any better.”





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Post by Stealth99 on Tue 12 Mar 2019, 1:51 pm

Edmonton's first tiny home village would serve homeless military veterans

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Edmonton’s first village of tiny homes could be ready with a year to give military veterans experiencing homeless a place to rebuild their lives.

The Homes for Heroes Foundation secured a lease for a small wedge of vacant public land in Edmonton’s Evansdale neighbourhood this week. The proposed village would have roughly 20 tiny homes, as well as a community garden and park at 94A Street and 153 Avenue.

City council’s executive committee approved a lease rate of $1 dollar a year for 20 years.

The non-profit group is hoping to create a series of tiny home villages for veterans across Canada. Its first village is expected to open in Calgary this summer. Edmonton would be the second project to be completed, said Homes for Heroes co-founder Dave Howard.

In Edmonton’s 2016 homeless count, 70 people identified as veterans.

“The idea is to give them a stable environment to live, and to give them opportunities to work on oneself, the opportunity to grow and to reintegrate back into civilian life,” Howard said.

Homes for Heroes solicited feedback from veterans before designing the village and heard they want a program where they can access services and rehabilitate. They also learned affordable housing projects that retrofit apartment buildings aren’t a great option for many people who have spent years living on the street.

“That space is overwhelming. It’s actually too much space,” Howard said. Tenants can slip into hoarding tendencies and get into a cycle of shutting themselves away.

Tiny homes are smaller and offer privacy. The barracks format of the village offers a familiar, supportive environment, which will be complemented by on-site social service support through a partnership with the Mustard Seed. Each home will be named after a fallen Canadian military member.


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Funding for the project comes from the McCann Family Foundation, Canadian Legacy Project, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Atco and other private donations.

Howard said the next step is to conduct detailed community engagement. During the roughly two years veterans are expected to stay in the village, they will want to be part of the community, he said. They’ll want to get involved shovelling rinks and cutting grass. “They want to support and stand on guard for the community.”

With the lease approved, the project still needs to go through the city’s land use and zoning processes.


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Coun. Jon Dziadyk, who represents Evansdale, said he thinks it’s a unique solution that will be valuable for veterans and make use of an awkward “orphaned parcel” of land.

“It’s incumbent on the receiving communities of military veterans to do a little bit to help them out,” said Dziadyk, who is also a member of the naval reserve.

Dziadyk said the site is far from social services in the city core but there is value to placing veterans on the north side. The veterans are likely familiar with the area because of its proximity to Canadian Forces Base Edmonton and many members of the community have ties to the military.

Dziadyk said he’s heard positive feedback from neighbours so far. That may reduce some of the stigma veterans who have become homeless can feel.





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Post by Cooper on Mon 03 Jun 2019, 8:04 am

June 2, 2019

24-hour Spin for a Veteran event in Calgary raises money for homeless vets

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Post by Cooper on Mon 03 Jun 2019, 8:31 am

CP's Spin for a Veteran raises $505,000; building five more homes for homeless veterans

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Jun 03, 2019, 07:00 ET

CALGARY, June 3, 2019 /CNW/ - The Homes for Heroes Foundation (the Foundation) and Canadian Pacific (CP) are proud to announce the third annual Spin for a Veteran event held this past weekend beat expectations and raised more than $505,000, which will go towards building homes for homeless veterans. To date, this event has raised approximately $800,000 to support homeless veterans reintegrating into civilian life. Each $100,000 raised represents the organization's ability to build one home, bringing CP's total to eight homes.

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Team CP Veterans celebrates their win. Pictured left to right: Rory Thompson, Manager Diversity and Military Relations, Craig Volstad, Senior Project Manager IS, Simon Naylor, Specialist Network Car Maintenance, Patrick Tait, Manager Leadership Programs, Scott MacDonald, Senior Vice-President Operations System and Dan Partridge, Senior Auditor. (CNW Group/Canadian Pacific)



Held on Canadian Armed Forces Day, CP's Spin for a Veteran had 18 teams of CP employees, local companies and emergency services riding for 24 hours in a spin competition to see who could ride the farthest. Teams including CP, ATCO, Calgary Police Service and Lord Strathcona's Horse Regiment rode a total distance of 14,290 kilometres, equivalent to travelling from Vancouver, B.C. to Cape Spear, Newfoundland and back again. The CP Veterans team pushed through and won the competition, covering 925 kilometres.

"CP has a long history of supporting the military and we are proud to have our employees rally behind this important cause," said CP Senior Vice-President, Operations System and Canadian veteran Scott MacDonald. "It's an honour and a privilege to support our Canadian veterans in their time of need as they so selflessly stood on guard for this great country. This event is a means to increase support to help combat veteran homelessness in Calgary."

Thousands of Canadians who have fought in the armed forces are without homes due to challenges they face transitioning out of active duty. The Foundation's mandate is to provide housing and the framework needed to ensure a successful transition into civilian life to those who have served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

"The funds raised will be used to build affordable homes in a community of peers with a support structure designed to meet individual needs, and provide a sense of place and belonging for Canadian military veterans experiencing homelessness," said Homes for Heroes Foundation Co-founder and President Dave Howard. "Homes for Heroes is very fortunate to have the support from local businesses like CP to host this spectacular event each year and raise money to help the Foundation build homes in veterans village. We owe it to our Canadian soldiers to help them through the challenging times they might be encountering, and we believe we have a solution to end the homeless issues they're facing."

The Homes for Heroes veterans village will be a unique tiny-home community that offers a solution to the homeless Canadian military veterans. Each home will be named after a Canadian soldier who lost his or her life in Afghanistan. The community is scheduled to open fall 2019. You can donate online at Spin4Vets.com.

"I commend CP and their employees for their ongoing efforts to support Canada's Veterans through the Spin for a Veteran initiative," said Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan. "Events like this one allow Canadians to demonstrate gratitude for the service of our women and men in uniform. I wish the organizers and participants every success in achieving their fundraising goals this year."

"I have seen first-hand the commitment CP has made to supporting veterans," said CP Manager Diversity and Military Relations Rory Thompson, a British military veteran. "CP recognizes and values the skills and experiences that veterans obtain throughout their military service and as such has established a very credible Military Recruitment Program which assists veterans with gaining employment."

Follow Spin for a Veteran on Facebook for updates on future events. CP wants to be the employer of choice for military veterans. Visit https://www.cpr.ca/veterans for more.

About Homes for Heroes
Homes for Heroes Foundation is a registered charity with the goal to build tiny-home villages in all major cities across Canada. In order to be successful, Homes for Heroes is looking for further financial support and land donations. To learn more and support Homes for Heroes visit https://homesforheroesfoundation.ca/

About Canadian Pacific
Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts. CP provides North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP.

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Post by Terrarium on Wed 05 Jun 2019, 3:43 pm

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MPs across party lines call for new housing subsidy to help homeless veterans

Jun 05, 2019

https://lethbridgenewsnow.com/2019/06/05/mps-across-party-lines-call-for-new-housing-subsidy-to-help-homeless-veterans/



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Post by Stealth99 on Wed 05 Jun 2019, 9:20 pm

Veteran living out of van sheds light on 'national disgrace'

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Post by Stealth99 on Wed 05 Jun 2019, 9:22 pm

Homeless veterans falling through the gaps in Canada

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