Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Affordable housing project underway

The Canadian Champion reported yesterday (May 11th), that ground was broken for a new affordable hosuing project in Milton for low income seniors and people with disabilities. This is at the Childs Drive and Ontario Street site behind the Milton Seniors' Activity centre. The three-storey buidling will contain 80 units, of which 40 will be affordable rental units, 32 for low income seniors and 8 for people with disabilities. It is expected to be completed in October 2011. Wendy Schau commented in the Champion that it was wonderful to see this first step but similar projects are needed for young families just starting out and people who have lost their jobs.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Landmark! Motion is passed to form project partnership with Home Suite Hope

Last night the MACCWT voted to approve the motion. This is a great first step in enabling a project committee to explore and plan a potential Home Suite Hope transitional housing project in Milton. The motion passed reads: "That Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together establish an outreach project committee, headed by Ruth Parkinson (St. Paul’s Mission & Outreach Chairperson) and Lorna Turner (St. Paul’s representative to MACCWT), to investigate the options and formulate a workable plan which will allow MACCWT to partner with St. Paul’s United Church Mission and Outreach Team and interested groups from any other Milton church, and to propose a program offering transitional housing to those in need in Milton and area; and that this project committee have authorization to partner with Home Suite Hope (Oakville) in developing a Milton-based program; and that MACCWT’s publicity and networking resources be at the disposal of this project committee; and that any financial commitment to this project from general MACCWT funds not exceed $2000 per fiscal year.”
This motion passed means:
Approval in principle to establish project committee
Approval to publicize to MACCWT member churches to test interest, seek input and advice, and recruit volunteers for project committee.
Agreement to invest in formualting a full working plan to bring to a future MACCWT Board meeting

Thursday, May 6, 2010

MACCWT vote on Home Suite Hope for Milton

Tonight the Mission & Outreach team in partnership with Home Suite Hope presented a proposal to the Milton Area Christian Churches Working Together for a transitional housing initiative in Milton. Figures crossed.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Salvation Army Khi Community Food Bank in need

The Salvation Army, Khi Community exists to give hope today to those in need in Campbellville. The food bank is in need of a helping hand this summer. They need help stocking shelves to take them through the major food drive for Thanksgiving. they are in particular need of rice, juices, canned vegetables, lunchbox snacks, tuna.salmon/stews and cookies and crackers.

Leslie McLaren now chair of United Way of Milton

United Way of Milton has a new chair, Leslie McLaren. She has an excellent background as a government affairs and corporate communications manager. In 2009, United Way on Milton raised $642,000. They have helped fund programs with 24 agencies that serve Milton residents - children, youth, families, seniors and those facing disability and illness. Is this an opportunity to collaborate with the homeless initiative in Milton. Why not?