One of the ways we bridge gaps in community is by creating solutions that alleviate poverty.
We are leaders, but we don’t achieve anything alone.
We are trusted to bring donors, volunteers, community organizations, businesses, and government together to create lasting change. Everyone has a role to play creating an inclusive, bright future for our community.
Here are a few examples of projects and solutions our staff team is collaboratively working on:
A community land trust is a non-market solution to Halifax's affordable housing crunch.
A hub is a place that residents of a neighbourhood can go to access a wide range of services and supports. Mayu's life was changed when she accessed a neighbourhood hub in Fairview.
Beechville Baptist Church had been serving their community for decades using the same heavy, mismatched cookware and plates. That is, until they got a kitchen upgrade through the Neighbourhood Kitchen Fund.
The Public Policy Training Institute brings together students from local nonprofits to build strategies to co-create policy and bridge the gap between the sector and policy makers.
Providing funding and/or convening the right partners to pilot tiny homes could be a solution to increasing our city’s affordable housing stock.
Initiating a network of neighbourhood hubs
A hub is a place that residents of a neighbourhood can go to access a wide range of services and supports. For some, it’s a place to find friendship or belonging. For others, it’s a place to access information and get connected to social services. It can be a place to share meals, access childcare, or learn new skills, too.
To the folks who rely on them, hubs mean so much. But from their staff’s perspective, they could do so much more.
That’s where United Way Halifax comes in. By acting as a convener and partner of neighbourhood hubs, we’re helping 12 neighbourhood hubs in HRM get stronger, together. They’re exchanging resources, knowledge, ideas, and best practices. And it’s leading to new connections, solutions, and a plan for growth.
As a funder, United Way Halifax is seeking targeted investments from donors and champions who want to join us in helping hubs reach their full potential.
Inspiring public policy changes
Changing public policy is one of the most effective ways to remove barriers and create opportunities for people to belong, be safe, and live a life of their choosing. But it’s not easy.
That’s why we’ve partnered with NSCC and the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute to create the first public policy training institute of its kind in Atlantic Canada. On track to launch by winter 2023, it is a leadership training program designed to help non-profit leaders and their organizations increase their knowledge of the public policy process and their capacity to influence it.
Participants will come into the program with a social problem they want to address and with support from faculty and peers, will learn strategies to help them succeed, and achieve the community outcomes they’re hoping for.
We’re also a funder of the project. We secured seed funding from the Max Bell Foundation in 2021, and our goal is to raise an additional $125,000 a year for three years. This will ensure the institute gets off the ground in a sustainable way and can continue beyond the incubation phase.
Innovating housing solutions
In the last few years, homelessness has become increasingly visible throughout the municipality. We saw the creation of crisis shelters, an increase in tents in municipal parks, and more people being temporarily housed in hotels.
Addressing homelessness is just one piece of the housing solution puzzle.
A range of housing types need to be available in a thriving, inclusive community. From emergency shelters to independent homeownership, and an assortment of housing options and types in between. That’s why our team is working on attracting the funding, partnerships, and land needed to pilot tiny homes and a Community Land Trust model.
Our goals are to:
- Establish a comprehensive strategy for implementing a Community Land Trust in Halifax that is supported by the community and decision-makers alike. Click here to learn more about what a Community Land Trust is and why it is a solution worth exploring.
- Provide funding and/or convene the right partners to pilot tiny homes as a solution to increasing our city’s affordable housing stock. Click here to learn more about why tiny homes could be an affordable, adaptable, and achievable solution.