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The Face of Poverty has Changed

The WoodGreen Foundation is the charitable arm of WoodGreen Community Services.

The Foundation supports the vital work of WoodGreen Community Services by creating awareness and helping to inspire philanthropic support to enable WoodGreen to create new paths to opportunity for some of the most vulnerable members of community.

The Foundation provides an opportunity for donors to become meaningfully engaged in WoodGreen’s work ― enhancing self-sufficiency, promoting well-being and reducing poverty through innovative solutions to critical social needs. ― and to see the impact of their support in the community.

THE FACE OF POVERTY IS CHANGING IN OUR CITY

Poverty is no longer confined to the fringes of society.

It is no longer only the homeless man sleeping on the grate, the women fleeing an abusive situation or a teen squeegee wielder. It could be your neighbour, your colleague or even a family member.

The wealth gap in Toronto is widening and inequality is growing twice as fast here as in the rest of the country.

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The numbers behind the faces

These numbers are a disturbing glimpse into complex social issues affecting our city. issues that inspire difference makers to take action.


1 in 4

Children in our city live in poverty.

700

YOUTH AT AGE 18, TRANSITION OUT OF THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM EVERY YEAR, OFTEN WITH NO CLEAR PATH FORWARD.

85,000

PEOPLE ARE ON THE WAITLIST FOR SUPPORTIVE HOUSING IN OUR CITY

3,000

MEN SLEEP IN SHELTERS IN OUR CITY EACH AND EVERY NIGHT

1 in 4

SENIORS LIVE WITH A MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEM (E.G. DEPRESSION, ANXIETY OR DEMENTIA)

1 in 10

HOUSEHOLDS EXPERIENCE FOOD INSECURITY

1,000

Women and Children are living in shelters everyday.

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