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Help Peel Region's Homeless Youth
$411 raised
8% of $5k goal
7 contributors
71 Weeks running
Almost 4,000 children & youth in Peel used homeless shelters or transitional housing in 2015, while 450 teens were turned away. Metroland Media has waived its campaign fees to raise funds to support Peel United Way's youth homeless initiative. More

Peel is a rich and diverse region, one of the economic engines of Canada.

It features pockets of residential development where million-dollar homes are the norm.

But there is an alternate universe. If we sharpen our focus to the dark underbelly of our society, we find people struggling to find somewhere to sleep, or something to eat. 

On any given night, there are between 169,000 and 195,000 individuals in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga that experience poverty or are on the brink of becoming homeless. More than 222,000 people in the region are struggling to afford housing.

With a wait list of 12,077, Peel has one of the longest social housing wait lists for affordable housing, according to United Way Peel.

Last year, 14,520 people, including almost 4,000 children and youth, used homeless shelters or transitional housing. At the same time, 450 teens were turned away from emergency shelters in Peel due to lack of space.

We believe no child should be homeless in our communities. That's why we're asking you to help us combat one of society s greatest ills.

The Mississauga News, Brampton Guardian and Caledon Enterprise have partnered with United Way of Peel to create opportunities for a better life for everyone in Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga.

Together, we can improve the lives of children and youth struggling in our community by providing immediate and lasting solutions.

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