This year’s ride is Saturday, May 11th, 2019
Launched in 2013, Gear Up for Housing is a fun and relaxed Spring bike ride around the city of Toronto. The ride raises money in support of St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing and is entirely volunteer run. This is our 7th annual fundraiser and we have both a 50km route and a 25 km route, so choose your distance!
Gear Up for Housing has raised over $260,000 for St. Clare’s. These funds are used to develop new affordable housing opportunities for people experiencing homelessness in Toronto.
Interested in joining Gear Up for Housing? New riders are always welcome!Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bike rides not your speed? You can still donate to our fundraiser here!
Homelessness in Toronto
Deep cuts to social programs and lack of investment in affordable housing since the 1990’s have brought homelessness in Toronto to crisis proportions. At the same time, Toronto’s downtown neighbourhoods are rapidly gentrifying, leaving less and less space for low-income residents to remain in their communities.
Homelessness is an ever-growing national disaster that leaves an estimated 9000 people sleeping outdoors, in shelters and emergency respite centres every night. Thousands more are at-risk, forced to make the terrible choice between rent and food.
Our city’s wait list for housing has been setting a new record high every month since 2008. There currently are 96,828 households waiting for housing. Most on the housing wait list will wait for over ten years to get housing.
Why is homelessness at such crisis levels?
The reason is remarkably simple, and it’s not laziness, addiction or mental illness. So what is the number one cause of homelessness in Canada?
Homelessness is extreme poverty. It’s a simple relationship: no money equals no housing. No money because of injury, illness, job loss, debt, death in the family, family breakdown, abuse and violence. The list goes on but the result is often the same: no money equals no housing.
What’s the answer?
Thankfully the solution is equally straightforward: provide affordable housing. Toronto desperately needs affordable housing. Whether we build it, convert it, or fund it, affordable housing is an elegant solution to a devastating problem.
When poverty is the number one reason for homelessness, affordable housing gives individuals and families the security and stability of a home. Providing access to affordable housing is a foundational piece needed to begin rebuilding lives after experiencing homelessness and to prevent poverty from spiralling into homelessness.